As part of its advocacy mission, the Kentucky Chamber has developed 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. As a member of the Kentucky Chamber, you are invited to join our policy councils.
Education and Workforce Council
Chair: John Megibben, Messer Construction Company
Health Care Council
Chair: Rodney Shockley, Forcht Group of Kentucky
Rising health care costs have become a significant financial threat to Kentucky’s businesses. As such, 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.
Chamber Staff Contact: John Cox
Kentucky Competitiveness Council
Chair: Les Fugate, Brown-Forman Corporation
By promoting business recruitment, retention and expansion, the competitiveness council seeks to increase Kentucky’s competitiveness, not only with our border states, but with competitors around the world. To achieve that goal, the council 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 in Kentucky and improving the quality of life for all citizens.
Chamber Staff Contact: Kate Shanks
Energy and Environmental Council
Chair: Mike Buckentin, Logan Aluminum, Inc.
The energy and environmental 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.
Chamber Staff Contact:Kate Shanks
Small Business Council
Chair: Sarah Whitaker, Branded A Division of Williams Advertising
Because small businesses are often disproportionately affected by challenges facing the economy, the small business council focuses on ensuring the broad range of issues of particular importance to small business owners are adequately represented in the Chamber’s policy development process.
Chamber Staff Contact: John Hughes
Infrastructure and Technology Council
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Bell, Kinetic by Windstream | Ryan Lindsey, CRH Americas Material
Infrastructure is a critical piece of Kentucky's economy supporting numerous manufacturing, logistics, service, and retail businesses. From moving people to moving goods, investment in infrastructure is key to further economic growth. The council is responsible for the formation of the Chamber's legislative and federal agenda as it relates to infrastructure and will focus on all types of infrastructure including transportation, utility, and broadband. The council also handles policy related to data privacy, cybersecurity, and other technology issues.
Chamber Staff Contact:John Cox
Agriculture and Equine
Co-Chairs: Gemma Freeman, Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, and Anthony Koch, Hallway Feeds
This council brings together industry leaders to help develop, guide, and advocate policies to strengthen these key sectors of Kentucky’s economy.
Chamber Staff Contact: John Cox