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The Greater Waco Chamber leads a variety of legislative programs for the Central Texas region on local, state and federal levels that help the business community get engaged in public policy initiatives. Below is an overview of the various legislative programs created by your Chamber.
State of the City and County Luncheon
This luncheon gives city and county representatives the opportunity to present their perspectives to the Greater Waco Chamber membership and local communities. The City of Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver and McLennan County Judge Scott Felton recently provided updates on Nov. 3, 2016.
State of the State Luncheon
The State of the State luncheon provides state officials and representatives the opportunity to present perspectives of the state and nation to the Greater Waco Chamber membership. This luncheon recently welcomed the Governor of Texas, the Honorable Greg Abbott, for an armchair dialogue on Sept. 15, 2016.
State of the Nation
The State of the Nation luncheon, recently held on Oct. 12, 2016, gives national officials and representatives the opportunity to present the condition of the nation to the Greater Waco Chamber membership. The 2016 luncheon featured U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Representative Bill Flores and Rob Engstrom, senior vice president and national political director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Washington, D.C. Fly-In
The Washington D.C. Fly-In, which was most recently held May 9-12, 2016, is an annual event that includes personal briefings with Texas senators and congressmen.
Pinot, Pizza & Policy
Pinot, Pizza & Policy is designed for Chamber members to come together to discuss timely policy and legislative issues in an informal setting. Come and go, these bimonthly “happy hour” events feature a brief presentation by the Chamber’s professional team, or a guest speak who is an expert in an area on a selected topic. Chamber members have opportunity for Q&A, and to share their positions, listen and learn from fellow business leaders and community members.
Recently, on December 6, Aaron Cox with the Texas Association of Business (TAB), helped the Greater Waco Chamber provide a preview of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Click Here to review his presentation.
Waco Day in Austin
Waco Day in Austin, which will be held March 14-15, 2016, is a bi-annual event designed to engage local and state legislators annually on important legislation in Austin. This includes meeting with board and department leaders on issues pertinent to Central Texas such as water, transportation and economic development, as well as establishing meetings to engage local and state leaders in Waco and Austin on Chamber priority positions. This full day of activities includes introductions in the House and Senate chambers and a briefing with legislators and agency heads.
U.S. Federal Issues Briefing Series
In an effort to keep members updated on activity at the federal level affecting our area’s economic prosperity, the Greater Waco Chamber facilitates a three-part U.S. Federal Issues Briefing Series. The upcoming Briefing was held in April 2016 and featured U.S. Representative Roger Williams of Texas’ 25th District. Congressman Williams, who serves on the Financial Services Committee, shared with Chamber membership highlights from his Jumpstart America plan, described as a business perspective on true tax reform. Congressman Williams also shared his thoughts on federal policy of particular consequence to Texas and Texas businesses.
Previous topics have included 21st Century Energy Policy, which was presented by Christopher Guith, senior vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.
Regional State Forums and Policies
This program establishes relationships and engages the Central Texas region to support region wide events, such as forums and policy organizations and business luncheons.