Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chamber working for stronger business climate in 2010

The Chamber ran a print ad in today's edition of the Boston Herald outlining the 2010 Public Policy agenda. Below is a copy of the content featured in the ad.

Chamber working for stronger business climate in 2010

The Chamber’s 2010 Public Policy Agenda is focused on four primary goals—reducing business costs, improving the talent pipeline, promoting innovation, and strengthening infrastructure & development. The goals are outlined below, together with the issues and initiatives that are key to achieving each of them:

Reducing business costs — Greater Boston employers must be able to compete against firms located in other regions, states, and countries to spur job creation. The Chamber’s efforts will focus on:
  • Curbing health care inflation, expanding corporate tax reforms, working to promote energy efficiency and increasing the regional energy supply, and reforming unemployment insurance.

Improving the talent pipeline — Greater Boston employers must be able to hire and retain the talented workers in our region who are so important to economic growth. The Chamber’s efforts will focus on:
  • Increasing the region’s supply of college-educated workers, connecting college students with potential employers in the region, expanding opportunities for minority-owned businesses, and advancing new school models such as Charter schools.

Promoting innovation — Greater Boston employers must be able to grow our region’s economic engines, expanding opportunity for companies and workers right here in Boston. The Chamber’s efforts will focus on:
  • Advancing the region’s life sciences cluster, strengthening the financial services industry, and increasing the number of science and math teachers in the region.

Strengthening infrastructure and development — Greater Boston employers must be recruited to locate and grow in our region – meaning that roads, bridges, and public transportation facilities need to be properly maintained and on par with our strongest competitor regions. The Chamber’s efforts will focus on:
  • Working towards implementation of transportation reforms enacted in 2009 and lowering development regulatory barriers.

Through collaboration with business groups, legislative outreach, and a focus on job creation, the Chamber will continue to work to improve the economic future of all who live and work in the Greater Boston region.

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