Each year, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce creates a legislative agenda based on member feedback. The first step in the process is to survey our members and conduct legislative roundtables on the issues facing their business. Based on that feedback, we create an agenda that highlights the needs of the local business community.
The agenda is refined through various Governmental Affair committee meetings and the Chamber's Executive Committee before being submitted to the Board of Directors. Through this process, the Chamber receives additional feedback on various issues facing our community.
Once the Board of Directors approves the agenda, the Chamber advocates for these positions at the legislature through the use of member engagement, member advocacy using various techniques, and direct staff lobbying. Your Chamber staff is registered as a lobbyist to ensure compliance with the recent Ethics law.
As a member, you will often receive legislative "Action Alerts." These alerts will provide you with an opportunity to share your input directly with your legislators on issues facing the local business community. By engaging your legislators, you will assist the Chamber in making our state more business-friendly.