2021 Public Policy Priorities
The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce works on behalf of its members on public policy and advocacy issues, to provide the business community a voice in government. Our Economic & Governmental Affairs Program supports our members and our commitment to advocate for pro-business policies in West Sacramento. Members of the Chamber were surveyed in January to inform our efforts and priorities for 2021. The 2021 Public Policy Priorities will support our activities and advocacy efforts to build back a strong economy.
1. COVID- 19 Business Support & Recovery
The Chamber advocates for regional support for businesses harmed during the COVID-19 pandemic and works to collaborate on support programs to ensure a strong recovery.
- Support business development and rebuilding post- COVID.
- Offer support for expansion of dining options for local restaurants.
- Provide loans or grant options for businesses to ensure long-term sustainability.
- Provide resources to help employers gain access to vaccines.
- Advocate for fair and reasonable COVID-19 regulations/protocols that ensure safety, while helping businesses reopen/expand.
2. Taxation & Local Fees
The Chamber opposes unreasonable local and regional fees.
- Require thorough analysis and accountability for government fees and practices.
- Ensure fairness, predictability, accountability and compliance while balancing income, property and sales tax levels.
- Work to reduce local fees to be competitive to nearby communities, in order to spur economic development.
- Promote fiscal responsibility and accountability for city, county and state budget.
- Support policies that remove barriers for economic development.
The Chamber works in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders to minimize the impact of homelessness to the business community.
- Homelessness should not be accepted as common place.
- Develop a strong response for businesses that are being negatively impacted by homeless challenges.
- Support mental health and affordable/transition housing and programs.
- Advocate for public private partnerships.
4. Business Attraction & Retention
The Chamber helps local companies grow their business by advocating for policies that promote growth and investment.
- Attract and market new businesses, relocations and job formation in West Sacramento.
- Retain business in West Sacramento.
- Identify economic incentives for new and expanding small businesses.
- Foster a diverse economic base of all industries, business sizes and sectors.
- Support the creation of new business improvement districts.
- Advocate for a conducive business climate and balanced regulatory environment.
5. City related opportunities/challenges
The Chamber advocates for improved, business-friendly processes at the local level.
- Streamline the business license fee system and make the process more uniform.
- Improve government efficiency and foster a user-friendly and welcoming city government.
- Advocate for a transparent and efficient government processes.
- Protect diversity of business attraction and retention opportunities through oversight of zoning changes.
Chelsea Minor & Grant Deary
West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce