The Tennessee Chamber is the preeminent voice for business in the halls of our Capitol. Since 1912 the Tennessee Chamber has engaged business leaders across our state to impact public policy in the Tennessee General Assembly. There is no issue that we are not involved in, if it impacts business we engage to oppose, support or modify the proposal so it does not harm our members or Tennessee’s economic growth.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to present our annual legislative and policy agenda for 2019. As a statewide organization, the Tennessee Chamber maintains members in legislative districts all across our great state consisting of small, medium and large businesses, local chambers of commerce, and economic development professionals. We also serve as the Tennessee Manufacturers Association and the official state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers. Our agenda is generated from survey results and feedback from our member businesses. It focuses on ensuring Tennessee remains one of the best states in our nation to start and grow a business, while promoting economic growth. We seek to accomplish this by focusing on member-driven policies that responsibly reduce employer costs and provide economic opportunities for all Tennesseans, maintaining our status as the premier destination for business growth, expansion, and tourism.
Strengthening Career Awareness, Technical Education, K-12 Programs, and Work Based Learning Partnerships: Chamber members consistently cite workforce as a top concern. The evolving demands of a modern, globally-competitive labor market necessitate a continued emphasis on rigorous academics, career preparation, and skill development in our state’s schools. Anticipated shifts in the distribution of current jobs due to technology require that both our K-12 education and higher education systems proactively work together to equip students with the educational tools they need that align with the high-skill demands of the jobs of the future.The Tennessee Chamber supports the following K-12 education policies that set a firm academic foundation for postsecondary success and career-ready knowledge and skills:
In addition, The Tennessee Chamber will work in the following areas to advance and address policy:
The Chamber’s 2019 agenda is developed with input from regional meetings we hosted across the state with local businesses and chambers of commerce, input from the Chamber Board of Directors, and member surveys. Throughout our legislative agenda, we reiterate the Tennessee Chamber’s core principles of free enterprise and removing obstacles that impede job creation and slow economic growth. Our members provide input on policy and legislative strategy through workgroup conference calls and surveys on tax, human resources, health care, legal reform, education & workforce development, and environmental and energy policy issues. Throughout our process, we engage business leaders from across the state, and we are proud that our 2019 legislative agenda is reflective of their views.
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