From the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce
The board of directors for the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce voted recently to approve the following 2021 Legislative Agenda, which is a set of policy goals that will guide the chamber’s advocacy during this upcoming legislative session which begins on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The agenda was developed through the priorities identified by the chamber’s board of directors and its Government Affairs and Issues Committee, and by input and feedback from our membership.
“The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce will use this legislative agenda as a tool to provide leadership and advocacy, in order to influence the economic and governmental issues impacting our community and the greater Apopka area,” said Tim Clark, chairman of the board and CEO of AdventHealth Apopka. “While this global pandemic has clearly impacted our community, our mission remains focused on serving the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of our community and region through connectivity, leadership, education, and support.”
As the local economy continues to rebound, we invite all of our members to study this agenda and we encourage you to get involved in the political process. Additionally, we urge you to contact our elected representatives on any of the following issues that are important to your business. In doing so, you play a significant role in the legislative process and strengthen the Apopka Area Chamber’s voice in Tallahassee.
"I'm proud of the work our committee and our chamber took to put this agenda together," said Alan Byrd, chair of the Issues and Governmental Affairs Committee. "We're highly focused on issues that will affect Apopka area businesses and believe these are projects our legislative delegation can certainly work toward passing."
Specifically, during the 2021 Legislative Session the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is advocating for:
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce supports COVID-19 liability protections for all businesses and that only businesses with convincing evidence that they were the cause and acted with gross negligence could be sued by customers for COVID-19 related damages.
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce urges the Florida Legislature to find funding that will allow educational institutions the ability to pay professionals, in designated and targeted industries, a competitive wage to teach the future workforce of Florida.
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce supports Governor Ron DeSantis’ budget request of $50 million for the Economic Development Transportation Fund to support local infrastructure and job training projects targeted towards economic recovery and development and urges our legislators to include this fund in its final budget.
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the rapidly growing businesses in the Apopka area and we are focused on serving the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of our community and region through connectivity, leadership, education, and support.
For more information on the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ApopkaChamber.org.
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