Making a Difference: Your voice in government
The events of 2020 are a reminder of how much decisions made by all levels of government can impact your business and the economy. So how do you make sure your voice is heard when decisions are made at City Hall, the County Court House, Madison or Washington?
To help fulfill the Chamber's mission as the "Advocate of Business," your Chamber staff works to provide you with tools and opportunities to bring the voice of business to governmental policy decisions. In cooperation with Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley, the Chamber's Advocacy Initiative recently conducted a one-hour online event that covered how government works, what decisions are made at what level, and how to make sure your point of view is part of the discussion. It was led by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs Director, and Grace Hanson, Governmental Affairs Intern. The program was recorded, and you can view it by clicking the link below:
Interested in running for a local city council or school board seat?
Among the topics covered in the event was the importance of having business-oriented candidates for local offices like school board, city council and county board.
Jan 5 filing deadline for the Spring election
If you or someone you know is interested in running, the filing deadline is January 5 and signatures to be placed on the ballot must be gathered between Dec 1 and Jan 5. Seats on the ballot for the April 6 nonpartisan election include one on the Altoona School Board, three district seats on the Altoona City Council, three seats on the Eau Claire School Board, and the five district seats on the Eau Claire City Council.
Click here for more information on open offices, including signature requirements and filing deadlines
Additional resources and information:
PowerPoint visuals (click to download)
Public Officials & Government Links
Eau Claire County Board interactive map
City of Eau Claire Boards & Commissions (with link to Citizen Resource Bank)
Eau Claire County Boards, Commissions, and Councils
Pew Research Political Typology Quiz
YL Political Ideology Survey
All Sides media bias chart
Adfontesmedia interactive media bias chart
Politico newsletters sign up
The Wheeler Report (Wisconsin political news releases, etc.)
The "Making a Difference" event was presented by the Chamber's Business Advocacy Initiative in partnership with Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley. The Chamber's Advocacy sponsors include Xcel Energy (Partner Level, Miron Construction (Advocate Level), Banbury Place/Cigan Properties (Supporter Level) Eau Claire Energy Cooperative (Supporter Level) and HSHS Sacred Heart and St Joseph's Hospitals (Supporter Level).
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs Director
Eau Claire Chamber
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