As the state’s premier business advocate, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is a recognized and respected voice at the state Capitol. With thousands of members representing every major industry sector, the Chamber’s diverse business policy initiatives converge upon one goal: a healthy, vibrant Kentucky economy. Ensuring that business has a voice in the legislative process, we are working with local business leaders to identify critical trends, at the table as regulations are drafted and in the halls of the Capitol as bills are debated. As part of its advocacy mission, the Kentucky Chamber has developed five public policy councils composed of business leaders from around the state, each of which is responsible for developing legislative positions and priorities for their respective policy areas.
|Education and Workforce Council
Chair: Michael Rodenberg, Murakami Manufacturing, Campbellsville
With a focus on lifelong learning, the education and workforce council works to ensure that Kentucky’s economy is fueled by a prepared, productive and diverse workforce. The council develops policies to support and improve education at all levels.
|Health Care Policy Council
Chair: Sherri Craig, KentuckyOne Health, Louisville
The health and wellness council is focused on developing comprehensive, long-term solutions to help slow the ever-increasing costs of health care in Kentucky and to promote public policies that will help improve the overall health and well-being of Kentucky’s citizens.
|Kentucky Competitiveness Council
Chair: Jason Keller, Charter Communications, Louisville
The competitiveness council focuses on all facets of government spending including proposed government efficiencies in the structure of government, public pension and personnel costs, public employee collective bargaining and other issues. This council also seeks to promote business recruitment, retention and expansion and to increase competitiveness, not only with our border states, but with competitors around the world. It is actively engaged in policy initiatives aimed at modernizing the economy, creating jobs, supporting state income and expenditure practices that promote long-term economic growth.
|Energy and Environmental Council
Chair: Blaine Early, Stites & Harbison, Lexington
The energy and environment council seeks to promote Kentucky as an energy leader and supports policies to achieve environmental protection without unnecessarily hindering economic development and business growth. Its members support legislative and administrative actions that are scientifically valid, technically feasible and economically rational.
|Small Business Council
Chair: Nadina Dennie, Willow Ridge Plastics, Erlanger
Small businesses are often disproportionately affected by challenges facing the economy. The small business committee focuses on ensuring the broad range of issues of particular importance to small business owners are adequately represented in the Kentucky Chamber’s policy development process.
Contact Sawyer Coffey [email protected] for more information on joining a policy council.