The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will continue its critical role as the primary business advocate for our community’s growth. We will be focused, issue-based, and non-partisan while asserting the positive and essential role business plays in improving our community and expanding opportunities for all citizens.
The Lincoln Chamber’s key Local policy objectives for 2013:
COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE – The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will continue the push to make infrastructure funding one of the top priorities for Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln. The Lincoln Chamber strongly supports efforts to direct the growth dividend, identified by the University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research, to fund projects that will expand our local tax base. The Chamber will also continue to monitor and defend the $7M in additional road funding appropriated in 2011 through increases in the Wheel Tax and rightful changes made to the way Lincoln funds its snow removal budget. The Chamber will be vigilant to ensure the Mayor’s Fast Forward Fund is utilized for local infrastructure needs related to economic development projects. We will continue to work cooperatively with other groups and associations to find solutions that increase funding for needed infrastructure investments.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The Lincoln Chamber actively supports local initiatives designed to facilitate the LPED strategic economic development plans for the Lincoln metro region. The Lincoln Chamber commits to collaborating with the University of Nebraska, the 2015 Vision group, and other institutions and organizations to improve Lincoln’s competitiveness. We will continue to reach out and work with our community’s elected officials and governmental staff who share this commitment, with the ultimate goal of making Lincoln a renowned destination city for building a business, pursuing a career, and entrepreneurship.
TAX ALLOCATION & GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY – The Lincoln Chamber reaffirms our stance that each local governmental body should have a general goal to not increase property tax reliance more than the rate of inflation.
CVB MISSION SUPPORT – The Lincoln Chamber commits its support to local efforts that assist the Convention and Visitors Bureau in executing its mission. Those efforts include, but are not limited to, ensuring all visitor attractions are adequate and their capital needs are being met by the community.
SUSTAINING LINCOLN’S MOMENTUM – The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is committed to moving Lincoln forward. To that end, the Lincoln Chamber will continue to advocate for the development of the West Haymarket area, the development of the Air Park Rail Center/Industrial Park, and the development of the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus. These projects represent the future of both Lincoln and the State of Nebraska.
Approved by Board of Directors: February 14, 2013