The Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s mission is to advocate for business success and economic prosperity. The ability to function profitably requires laws and regulations that can help rather than hinder business. The Chamber emphasizes local, state and regional legislation primarily, but also monitors national legislation that affects our local businesses as well. As a focused organization with limited resources, we attempt to make progress with activities that are both measurable and achievable. It is with that spirit that the following agenda is presented.
Budget and Scorecard
The Chamber will closely monitor budget-related issues and the Georgia Chamber’s 2016 Pro-Business Scorecard developments and respond accordingly throughout the session.
Ensure K-12 education funds are invested more efficiently and effectively to improve student outcomes and increase transparency.
Improve college and career-ready standards in K-12 public education to promote a more globally competitive workforce
Workforce Development/ Employment
The Chamber supports criminal justice reform that includes inmate workforce development so they have necessary skills to enter the workforce once their sentence is served.
The Chamber supports apprenticeships beginning in high school (The German Apprenticeship Model).
The Chamber is committed to helping preserve Georgia’s employment-at-will doctrine, to strengthen the state’s right-to-work status and to helping ensure a balanced workers’ compensation system for employers and employees.
Economic Development & Taxation
Ensure Georgia is able to grow its economy and maintain its reputation as a leader for global commerce.
Continue to build an attractive statewide ecosystem for venture and seed capital through support for Invest Georgia and other programs.
Support ongoing examination of the current tax base, tax rates and compliance requirements to ensure a Georgia business environment that is fair and competitive – not only for the state’s current businesses but also for businesses considering relocating here.
Maintain local control and flexibility for Development Authorities throughout Georgia to remain competitive in efforts to retain and expand jobs and investment with existing business and industry, as we as attract new business, through their constitutional and statutory abilities.
Energy and Natural Resources
Protect statewide access to sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supplies. Enhance access to high-quality, affordable water supplies; promote investment in critical infrastructure; and ensure future water supply security for communities and businesses across the state.
Monitor legislation and ensure the viability of our world-class healthcare in Coweta County.
Improve Georgia’s infrastructure through maximizing current revenue sources and increasing overall funding for transportation.
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