Chamber Leaders Visit Capitol Hill
Fri, 6 Jun 2008 01:10:00 PM UTC

LCOC partners with community groups to promote agenda

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and community leaders made a brief trip to Washington D.C. in May to promote Lincoln's federal agenda to the Nebraska delegation.

That agenda, tabbed as the "Federal Opportunity Agenda", focuses on four key issues for the community at the federal level including infrastructure funding, energy policy, university research and economic development, and key tourism funding.

"This is an area where we are increasing our efforts," said Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall. "We discovered several years ago that there was a disconnect between the community and our federal delegation. While a number of individual organizations were contacting our representatives and senators, no effort was made to prioritize our needs as a community."

Those attending were: Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Lincoln Chamber Chair Elect Steve Pella, Birdsall, Chamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Bohrer and Denise Pearce from the Mayor's office.

This short trip will be followed in September by a large delegation that will be traveling to Washington D.C. for Lincoln's annual Federal Fly-in. This year's Fly-in will be a joint trip with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Fly-in, contact the Chamber at 436-2350.

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