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The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce encourages its members to become involved in the political process.

The Chamber’s legislative agenda is focused on initiatives that have a direct impact on our members and their ability to conduct business successfully including promoting innovation, advancing major development projects, lowering business costs, streamlining regulations and strengthening the industries that drive our region’s economy.

To keep you educated and informed of the legislation that directly affects the regional business community, the Chamber, in coordination with our lobbying team at International Government Solutions will track several targeted issues throughout the legislative session. To view the legislation tracked during the legislative session, please bookmark this link.

The Chamber is fortunate to be part of a thriving pro-business environment. Danbury has championed the lowest unemployment rate among all of Connecticut’s major cities through significant growth in economic development and a steady increase in job opportunities. This success has not gone unnoticed as the city has continually been ranked nationally as a top 100 place to live.

The Greater Danbury region has a dedicated and responsive delegation representing our interests in the Legislature. However, our Senators and Representatives cannot serve your interests unless they hear about your issues and concerns. It is vital that Chamber members contact their legislators regularly and make them aware of how pending legislation at the capitol may positively or negatively affect businesses and the economy in their districts. Our lobbyist will continue to provide you with opportunities to make your voice heard, especially during the legislative session, at a variety of legislative briefings and other events.

Please remember, what happens in Hartford has a direct impact on your bottom line. Ask questions and be involved. If you have a particular area of interest and/or would like to learn more about the Chamber Legislative Agenda, please consider joining the Chamber’s Legislative Committee or contact our lobbyist representative:

Michael Rell, Partner - IGS
mikerell@igovstrat.com
860-202-0884

Corresponding with your State and National Elected Officials

When writing to your Legislators, it is best to use business stationary including a return address. Identify the topic, clearly state your opinion and list the reasons for your position. If you are a business owner, be sure to identify your company, list your products or services and include the number of employees.

Telephone calls can be effective when you need to contact your Legislator immediately, especially if it’s regarding an impending vote. If you do not get to speak directly with a Legislator, make sure you have a clear message that includes your name, title, company name, telephone number, bill number, subject and how you would like the Legislator to vote.

E-mail correspondence is also an effective option, especially towards the end of the session when bills are being discussed and voted on more quickly (most Legislators have access to their e-mail accounts while they are on the floor). Be sure to include the bill number and subject in the reference line. Again, clearly state your opinion and list the reasons for your position. If you are a business owner, be sure to identify your company, list your products or services and include the number of your employees.

In all cases, ask the Legislator for a response and thank them for their time.