The NACC Heads To Washington

When it comes to political advocacy, the common perception often revolves around the two major political parties. However, for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, our approach is different. We don’t align ourselves with one party over another. Instead, our focus is firmly on determining the best policies to ensure the success of our members and their businesses. We are committed to advancing these ideas with our elected officials, no matter what side of the aisle they occupy.

On the 23rd and 24th of October, the NACC embarked on a joint venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chamber630 to visit Washington D.C. Our objective was to convey the current state of business in our region and present initiatives that will support the growth of local businesses. This visit took place during a unique period in our nation’s history, with the Speakership still undetermined. Nevertheless, our local elected officials and their staff extended a warm welcome and provided crucial updates that are pivotal as we move forward with the new Speaker in

During our meetings with Representative Darin LaHood’s office, Representative Bill Foster, and Representative Sean Casten’s office, there was a collective agreement that appropriations, the looming November 17th budget deadline, and funding for ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine will be top priorities once the House of Representatives resumes its session. Committees continued to work during the shutdown to ensure a swift return to regular legislative business.

The key takeaway for the NACC is our emphasis on building partnerships with our elected officials. Our congressmen reiterated the importance of nurturing strong relationships with their constituents, which includes welcoming feedback, seeking data and insights on various issues, and tapping into the stories, expertise, and experiences of our members. Offering this kind of valuable support to our elected officials, at the local, state, and federal levels, provides insights that directly benefit local businesses, drive economic growth, and foster job opportunities.

To facilitate this collaborative effort, the Chamber is excited to provide several opportunities for NACC members to meet and connect with elected officials throughout 2024. Our proposed Chamber Chat series will feature elected officials from various levels of government, discussing business issues, sharing successes, and presenting initiatives relevant to our region. We hope you’ll join us for these opportunities to engage with officials and advocate for policies that are essential in creating an environment that supports business growth and contributes to the well-being of our entire

Keep an eye out on the NACC program calendar as these opportunities are scheduled.

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