As an organization dedicated to the economic well-being of McLennan County, the Waco Chamber of Commerce actively seeks to promote policies that are conducive to the further development of this region. The goal of our public policy initiative is to inform, educate, engage and advocate for the Greater Waco business community regarding relevant public policy.

Public Policy Blog:

The Importance of the 2020 Census

Written by: Dr. M. Ray Perryman This article was originally published on the Perryman Group website on August 12, 2020. Accurate Census counts are far…

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Appointed Office Initiative

Did you know that in one four-year term, the Texas State Governor appoints over 1,500 Texans to serve our great state on various state boards,…

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A Look Back at the 86th Texas Legislative Session

Article written by Jessica Attas, VP of Public Policy at the Greater Waco Chamber, published in the 2019 third-quarter edition of Greater Waco Business magazine….

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Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee provides a voice for Chamber members in economic, legislative and policy issues that impact the community and economic development. The role of the committee is to be a liaison for our business community with local, state and federal officials and various government entities. Along with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, current members of the Public Policy Committee include:

Public Policy Committee Members

David Lacy, Committee Chair – Community Bank & Trust

Ashley Allison, Executive Director, Waco Foundation

Jessica Attas, Vice-President of Public Policy, Greater Waco Chamber

Michael Baldwin, Oncor

Rick Brophy, Waco Business League Appointed Office Chair

Kris Collins, Senior VP of Economic Development, Greater Waco Chamber

Mayor Kyle Deaver, City of Waco

Rochonda Farmer-Neal, Baylor University

Judge Scott Felton, McLennan County

Dr. Roland Goertz, President, Waco Family Health Center

Kimberly Hilley, TXU/Luminant

Adam Hutchison, Texas State Technical College

Debbie Keel, Past Chair – AT&T

John Kinnaird, City of Waco Councilman, Community Banks & Trust

Ryan Lindsey, Oldcastle Materials, Inc

Dr. Johnette McKown, McLennan Community College

Dr. Jerry Maze, Education Service Center Region 12

Matt Meadors, President & CEO, Greater Waco Chamber

Philip Patterson, Providence Healthcare Network

Michael Reitmeier, Waco Business League Chairman; JRBT

Mark Reynolds, Past Chair, Greater Waco Chamber, Extraco Banks

Glenn Robinson, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center

Scott Salmans, WRS Group

Rick Sheldon, Sheldon Real Estate

Dr. Sharon Shields, County Superintendents

Wiley Stem, City of Waco

Terry Stevens, Chair, McLennan County Spaceport Development Corporation

Jeffrey Stubbs, McLennan County Chamber Alliance, Hewitt Chamber of Commerce

Hal Whitaker, Chairman of the Board, Greater Waco Chamber; Englander dZignPak

Legislative Platforms

The Waco Chamber serves the vibrant and growing heart of Central Texas as the voice for business, with over 1,500 member businesses representing over 65,000 jobs. Each year, the Public Policy Committee will survey the Chamber’s membership and engage in dialogue with legislators to identify a priority list of issues that will be tracked. Individual members are invited to propose policy issues on behalf of their business or industry for consideration within the scope of the Chamber’s interests.

Every year, the Public Policy Committee develops a Legislative Priority Agenda at both the state and federal levels which serve as a public policy guide to inform our members, elected and appointed officials, and the community-at-large of the position of the Waco Chamber on issues that impact business in Greater Waco and Central Texas.

Fast Track Priorities

When necessary, upon request of a member business, the Chamber has the ability to address priorities in an expeditious manner. To submit an issue of concern for your business, please click here. Once this form is completed, please return to Jessica Attas.

For more information, contact Jessica Attas at 254-757-5631.