Gary Chamber Of Commerce Delegation Visits Statehouse
(Gary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes, standing in front of the Jackson home on Jackson Street)
Members of the Gary Chamber of Commerce went to Indianapolis yesterday, to meet face-to-face with legislators and discuss issues important to their businesses and to the Steel City. Lakeshore News reporter Denise Turner finds out what they hope to accomplish…..
A group of northwest Indiana leaders are working to make state policy the region’s business. About fifteen women and men from the Gary Chamber met in front of the Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville to catch a bus to the Statehouse.
Chuck Hughes, Executive Director of Gary Chamber: There are many issues that affect the business community and we want to go down there first hand and hear from our legislature and sort of get a heads up on what could impact businesses here and in Northwest Indiana.
Renee Hatcher … a first- timer on a legislative lobbying trip … says she is particularly interested in learning what bills the Senate is discussing and most important … how those bills will influence the business community’s bottom line.
Renee Hatcher, Initiative for Northwest Pro Bono level Services: This the legislative day is an opportunity for chamber members to exchange information with legislators and also check in to what’s coming down the pipeline that might be relative to Gary businesses.
Times Media’s Jerry Mohamed … who also chairs the Chamber’s education committee … took this trip last year and said he is knows well what to expect.
Jerry Mohamed, Times Media: Met with the senators, met with the board of education for the State of Indiana, got a lot of from them.
Another business owner reserved a seat on the bus to the Statehouse because she plans to use her time building relationships.
Rosalyn Mitchell, Forms and Funktion, Inc. Owner: Probably getting us on the correct initiatives for projects that are up-and-coming and possibly put us in touch with decision makers.
Fifteen organizations took fifteen different agendas to the Statehouse, all hoping to come back to Gary with results they can share with the community and use in their businesses. In Merrillville, Denise Turner, Lakeshore News.