Welcome to the Government & Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC) of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce. Here you can find links to your government representatives and to governmental agencies responsible for the business and economic well-being in East Portland.
The primary goal for the Government Affairs Committee shall be to help foster a mutual and beneficial relationship between Government Policy Makers and members of the Chamber. To that end, special programs will be organized and promoted that will assist facilitating the exchange of information relating to issues or matters of mutual interest and benefit.
The Government Affairs Committee’s action statement is to: present programs to the East Portland Chamber that informs, educates and involves its members in government, community, district or state issues that may impact the business community.
In the past year the Government Affairs Committee has been a strong and effective advocate for East Portland Chamber members by helping to win approval by the Portland City Council for a Small Business Bill of Rights, which requires the City to consider the interests of business in its regulatory, tax, and policy deliberations. The Committee also played an important role in persuading the City to revise its business license system, to promote tax fairness for owners of small businesses.
Other important services provided to Chamber members by the Government Affairs Committee include;
Recognizing that most business people do not have the time or resources to become experts in the many governmental issues that may affect them, the Chamber Government Affairs Committee has identified key governmental advisory committees on which to have representation — a pair of “eyes and ears” — to let Chamber members know what is being planned, and how to provide feedback before those issues are translated into government policies and actions. The Chamber has direct representation on the:
Additionally, members of the East Portland Chamber sit on the boards of various neighborhood business associations, business advisory groups, trade associations, community organizations and local charities.
Given the uncertainty and challenges of the current economic climate, the Government Affairs Committee is focusing on two key goals in 2009:
The Government Affairs Committee’s work on behalf of East Portland Chamber members and the Eastside business community is an ongoing effort. To be successful, the Chamber’s government affairs program requires that:
Friends and Allies:
The East Portland Chamber Government Affairs Committee welcomes feedback and support from other business groups, organizations and individuals who share similar goals and interests with the Chamber — and a common commitment to the betterment of East Portland.