Business Advocacy 2015 year in review

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce advocates for business at all levels of government. As an independent non-profit we represent a pro business voice that supports a reasonable competitive economic environment that provides opportunity for prosperity.

Here are some of the ways the Chamber worked on your behalf.

  • Collaborated with the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) to ensure Dew Downtown continues
  • Worked with the City to create business friendly Regional Plan, Sign and Zoning Codes
  • Worked with the City on finding collaborative solutions to issues such Student Housing, Economic Growth, Regional Transportation Planning and protecting our Dark Skies.
  • Provided unprecedented member access to our State and Federal elected officials and will continue to do so
  • Working with the City and the Pulliam Airport to bring an additional airline carrier to Flagstaff
  • Worked with statewide Chambers of Commerce to craft the 2016 Arizona Legislative Agenda for Business issued by the Arizona Chamber Executives
  • Successfully represented many small business members needing assistance in dealing with City Hall on a variety of issues
  • Continued positive working relationships with political, business, non- profit and educational leaders locally and statewide which will enhance our ability to influence pro business policies
  • Successfully lobbied on behalf of craft brewers the Arizona Beer Bill which gave our local brewers market freedom. This included recording and distributing a locally made video for them
  • Successful efforts to keep CAVIAT/ JTED funding intact for FY2016 & will work for increased funding for FY2017 to continue producing career ready graduates
  • Unfortunately our efforts to prevent higher education funding cuts in FY2016 were unsuccessful but we will work to add monies back in FY2017 on behalf of NAU
  • Partnered with CAVIAT to host a CTE Legislative Tour demonstrating the importance of JTED funding and to illustrate the local reliance on CTE to elected officials –Senators Begay & Allen and Representatives Thorpe & Barton
  • Successful efforts to index income to inflation so people who receive cost of living pay raises will no longer be subject to a higher State income taxes
  • Worked to pass Transaction Privilege Tax reform on behalf of small business members
  • Continued efforts to oppose Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) fund sweeps to address transportation and infrastructure needs. These monies come from the .18 cents per gallon that are paid at the gas pump that are supposed to be used for road maintenance but have placed into the states’ general fund to balance the budget.