Public Policy

The mission of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy division is to build a positive business environment by advocating responsive legislation, regulatory practices and implementing programs to improve the business and tourism climates. This division is responsible for representing the business community before governmental bodies, working with local governments, and providing representation in coalition building organizations.

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State and Federal Advocacy

The Manatee Chamber’s Legislative Committee developed policy positions which will be presented in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The Chamber Board of Directors approved the State and Federal platforms of priorities for the Chamber at their November 2016 Board meeting. Guests, conference calls and research by committee members were coordinated in the development of the Business Agendas.

Click here for the Federal Business Agenda

Click here for the State Business Agenda

Local Government and Regional Advocacy

The Chamber’s Public Policy division, with the support of our chamber members, provides on-going advocacy and assistance to our local governments and regional authorities - current efforts include:

  • Urban Revitalization and Millennial/Workforce Housing: Manatee County Government is in the process of revising the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to facilitate urban infill and redevelopment. The County is focused on five major corridors located in the Southwest County Improvement District (SWTIF). For more information and to find out how you can participate click here. or take the Survey.
  • Public Transportation: In a continuing effort to focus on regional collaboration for mutual community benefit, the Sarasota and Manatee Chambers of Commerce are reaffirming their shared resolutions in support of Sarasota and Manatee Counties considering proposals to enter into a Public/Private Operating Partnership for their mass transit systems. Click here to learn more about Smartransit.org.
2015 Positions and Resolutions: 2014 Positions and Resolutions: