Our alliance gives East Valley Chambers a stronger voice.
The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues.
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance was founded in 1999. The chambers of commerce in the East Valley felt they all were working toward some of the same goals. They decided that if they formed an alliance, they would be a stronger voice and would better achieve their public policy goals.
Today, the EVCCA consists of 7,000 local businesses and seven chambers of commerce, including Apache Junction, led by Larry Johnson; Chandler, led by Terri Kimble; Gilbert, led by Kathy Tilque; Mesa, led by Charlie Deaton; Queen Creek, led by Marquis Scott; Scottsdale, led by Rick Kidder; and Tempe led by Mary Ann Miller.
Members of the EVCCA meet monthly to coordinate the advancement of common business interests. Each member chamber is represented at the meetings by their president and chief executive, as well as three volunteer chamber leaders.
Each year one chamber takes the lead role for the alliance. This year is the Chandler Chamber’s turn to lead the group. Terri Kimble is President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Richard Jordan is the chairman.
The main role of the EVCCA is to have a regional voice for public policy issues. The group meets to discuss important issues and then takes those issues back to each individual chamber board for a vote. If just one chamber does not agree on a particular issue, then EVCCA does not take a stand on that issue.
We also employ lobbyist Tom Dorn, who works with legislators on the issues we are passionate about and that we feel will make a difference to the business community.
Dorn says “The EVCCA has established itself as a legitimate business advocacy group. They are a solid organization and have secured their own seat at the table representing businesses at the state Capitol.”
Each year, we hold a number of events that allow us to inform our members about key issues or create an environment for dialogue. In September, we will hold a Business Issues Summit where we provided briefings on the propositions that were going to appear on the November ballot. Last years event was attended by more than 100 guests and was hosted by the Business Journal. We had experts on hand to field questions about the propositions. We also supplied the audience with a voter guide, detailing which propositions the EVCCA was supporting.
In December, we held a Legislative Breakfast. Legislators from the East Valley were on hand at the event, and it was a great opportunity for our members to interact and voice their opinions.
In January, we partnered with East Valley Partnership and Mesa Community College to host the East Valley Breakfast with the Governor at MCC. This event was heavily attended and gave East Valley business leaders a chance to participate in a question-and-answer session with the governor. It was a tremendous opportunity to hear directly form the governor about issues related to the East Valley. The EVCCA has made great progress in the past six years. This past year, we became a member of the Business Leadership Coalition, which is comprised of 10 organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Greater Phoenix Leadership.
As Dorn says, we now are a presence in the business community and hold a strong voice representing the interests of East Valley businesses.
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