How We Advocate For Business
When businesses in the Silicon Valley need help overcoming government action, proposed new laws, taxes or regulations, they turn to the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber, with a history and track record for effective advocacy.
President & CEO Matthew Mahood and the Vice President of Public Policy are the chamber’s chief spokespersons to government and the region’s many stakeholder agencies, organizations and groups. They are assisted by the chamber’s policy committees, Executive Committee, Board of Directors and ChamberPAC. The chamber’s advocacy for business is conducted by the following means:
These groups meet monthly and do the important footwork on issues brought to the chamber. The positions they take are passed up to the chamber board. Find a committee here. Click here for committee updates.
This chamber committee is a separate nonprofit group organized as a political action committee devoted to electing local, state and federal representatives who support business. Trustees are nominated onto the ChamberPAC board. Details.
The chamber relies on its members to take up arms when current events suddenly threaten to impinge business—usually a proposed government regulation or law. Members will receive a Call to Action email and be asked to respond immediately.
Periodically, the chamber brings in one of the region’s elected representatives or executive government officials to meet with members and discuss current issues important to local businesspeople. Participants have the opportunity to directly question elected representatives and others. Check calendar for upcoming events.
Re-tooled in 2012, the Annual State Legislative Summit is a continuation of the chamber’s advocacy for issues vital to the region’s business. The summit takes 40+ members to the state capital for group meetings with elected and government officials on a wide variety of policy issues. A reception afterward includes assembly members and senators.
Every year, the chamber chooses a North American city to visit for studying that region’s best practices in business retention and expansion, workforce development, downtown revitalization and other issues. The Study Mission is a great way to develop important connections with business and civic leaders. Click here for the 2012 Study Mission to San Diego.