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Chamber releases 2013 Legislative Agenda

Mar 25, 2013

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has released its 2013 Legislative Agenda, a document designed to provide direction to the advocacy program division of the organization.

The 2013 agenda, drafted by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, was ratified by the Chamber Board of Directors on March 7.

“The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce strives to be our member’s voice for business,” said Nancy Morrissey, chamber executive director. “Supporting good government enhances the economic well being of our community and its citizens.”

“The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce continues to serve as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to improve the quality of life for residents,” she added. “We are committed to advocating on behalf of our members and our community so that together we can make the Fairfield area the best place to live and do business.”

Priority issues identified in the agenda include right-to-work, business climate, tax reform, economic and workforce development, education and county zoning and comprehensive land use planning topics. The Legislative Agenda has been circulated, as well as mail-delivered, to all area legislators, as well as the local government entities, to ensure the clearest understanding of the chamber’s approved positions.

Morrissey praised the work of the committee which put the agenda together.

To download a copy of the agenda, visit the chamber’s website at www.fairfieldiowa.com. To request a mailed copy, contact the chamber at 472-2111 or chamber@fairfieldiowa.com.

For more information on the 2013 agenda or the Chamber Government Affairs Committee, contact Morrissey at 472-2111 or nmorrissey@fairfieldiowa.com.


2013 Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda

State Priorities

I. Business Climate

- Reviewing state rules and regulations that affect Iowa’s business climate to assure they do not inhibit businesses from expanding or locating in the state. Iowa’s rules and regulations should not exceed standards established by the federal government. Jobs impact reports should be attached to all proposed state rules and regulations.

- Preserving Iowa’s Right-to-Work status.


II. Tax Reform

- Improving our state’s business competitiveness by reforming our commercial and industrial property tax system.

- Simplifying and reducing corporate income taxes.

- Flattening and streamlining of the personal income tax code.


III. Economic Development

- Expanding business and school collaboration to ensure that Iowa will have the skilled workforce to grow and create high-paying jobs.

- Establishing a program to provide assistance and resources to sustain local ownership of businesses through succession planning techniques.

- Maintaining Tax Increment Financing as a local economic development tool.

- Amending current state assistance wage threshold requirements to better reflect project and community dynamics.

- Improving training, development, and retention of skilled labor in business and industry through the use of increased training grants and public/private partnerships.

- Increasing funding for Iowa Economic Development Authority and its business and community project assistance funds.

- Improving the transportation infrastructure by increasing the funding options to address critical needs.


IV. Education

- Reforming state-level education policy to include increased emphasis on math and science skills development, performance-based assessment programs for educators and students, and statewide accountability standards.

- Setting allowable growth for education funding at a rate that reflects actual cost increases tied to inflation and that encourages improvement.

- Supporting development of rigorous content standards for K-12 schools with a focus on Iowa core curriculum to establish uniform requirements for all schools.


V. Tourism

- Increasing investment in tourism marketing by increasing funding available for the Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa’s three tourism regions, regional tourism grant programs, and cooperative marketing grants.

- Supporting outdoor recreation by increasing funding for state parks, trail development, and Community Action Tourism grants.


Local Priorities


I. Education

- Supporting the Fairfield Community School District and Indian Hills Community College regional Career Academy to provide skills and education relevant to job opportunities for area high school students.


II. Economic Development

- Enhancing local efforts to assist and enable entrepreneurial development, including business incubator support and development and collaboration with the Fairfield Economic Development Association, Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association, City of Fairfield, Jefferson County and other groups.

- Strengthening city and county economic development incentives for new and expanding businesses.


III. Business Climate

- Reviewing all city/county ordinances, rules and regulations to assure they do not inhibit businesses from expanding or locating in Jefferson County.

- Working with the City of Fairfield and Jefferson County to establish comprehensive zoning for the two mile extraterritorial zone around the city of Fairfield to assure the orderly and efficient growth of the City of Fairfield.


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