Policy & Advocacy
An integral component of the Chamber's mission is to communicate the views of the business community to our elected officials. The Government Relations department identifies, prioritizes and recommends policy to our Board of Directors for those issues that affect our local economy, business environment and quality of life in Tampa Bay.
For 20 years, the Chamber has taken an annual Benchmarking Visit to investigate new programs and initiatives in a city similar to our community. It gives us a chance to study other great cities and adapt best practices to meet the growing needs of Tampa Bay. Past visits include Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Memphis, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, and Toronto. The 21st Annual Benchmarking Visit in 2022 will take us to the Research Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) in North Carolina.
Face the Chamber: Mayor’s Breakfast
The Mayor’s annual address to the Chamber takes place at this event. The program includes the popular segment where the mayor is placed on the proverbial hot seat, as the moderator asks the tough questions on behalf of the business community. Chamber members join us to hear the mayor’s responses and learn what we as a Chamber can do to help move Tampa Bay forward.
This premier election event gives voters an opportunity to meet candidates for all elected positions, from Congress to county commission. This biennial gathering is the pinnacle of election seats, drawing crowds of over 50 candidates and 600 constituents. This event will take place in 2022.
Legislative Kickoff is a pre-session reception featuring the Hillsborough County legislative delegation and the release of the Tampa Bay Chamber Legislative Agenda.
Legislative Wrap-up is a luncheon following the close of Legislative Session. Our state senators and representatives from Hillsborough County discuss the legislative session and the Chamber Legislative Agenda.
Public Policy Roundtables
The Chamber welcomes Tampa Bay’s elected officials and policy experts to our semiannual breakfasts designed to give our members a better understanding of key issues and legislation that could affect our local economy.
The Policy Advisory Committee surveys key local constituent groups and Chambers members to identify legislative issues of high importance to the business community and provides recommendations for the annual Legislative Agendas. Monitors and keeps members regularly informed on pending legislation of business interest at the federal, state and local levels. Liaises with elected officials representing Tampa Bay.
Matt Floyd – Port Tampa Bay
Melanie Brown – AdventHealth
Nicholas Glover – Vice President, Advocacy
Ed Narain – AT&T
Rebecca Arends – Moffitt Cancer Center
Mickey Jacob - Goodwyn Mills Cawood, GMC
Clara Rienhoff - Highwoods Properties
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Government Agency Links
- City of Tampa
- Tampa City Council
- Tampa Mayor's Office
- Hillsborough County
- Board of County Commissioners
- Hillsborough County School District
- Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections
- Hillsborough Legislative Delegation
- State of Florida
- Governor's Office
- Florida House of Representatives
- Florida Senate
- Enterprise Florida
- Florida Economic Development Council