Tue, February 24, 2015
As you know, the West Orange Chamber has involved itself in a myriad of local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members. This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) and the recommendations are developed into the 2015 Legislative Priorities. These priorities are then adopted by the WOCC Board of Directors.
On Thursday, February 19, the WOCC Board of Directors officially adopted the 2015 Legislative Position Paper. The positions on the paper range from funding of local infrastructure to the reduction of burdensome business taxes to creating the right environment for local economic development. Next week, Krista Carter - Chamber VP and several Members of EGAC will travel to Tallahassee to participate in the Florida Chamber Capitol Days and to meet with numerous State elected officials to educate them on the issues facing West Orange County. To view the 2015 Legislative Position Paper, click here.
Developing and promoting the Chamber’s Legislative Position Paper is just one of the things that the WOCC does to protect you and your business. On a local level, the WOCC is on the forefront of the Orange County Charter Review. Section 702 of the Orange County Charter requires the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to appoint a Charter Review Commission (CRC) every four years. Earlier this year, Chamber President/CEO Stina D’Uva was appointed to the CRC by Mayor Teresa Jacobs. The CRC will hold public meetings where they will receive recommendations for proposed changes to the Orange County Charter. The recommendations are sought through input from the public, county officials, constitutional officers, municipal officials, and other interested parties. If you have recommendations, please be sure to share them with Stina.
Another issue being closely monitored by the Chamber is the West Orange High School relief. Our intent is not to determine the site of the relief school, yet to make certain that a school is ready to open by August 2017. The delay in a school opening could have serious impacts to our local economy by impacting home construction which impacts construction companies and all the affiliated type businesses. We have communicated our concerns through letters to OCPS, a public appearance at a pre-agenda meeting of the school board and last Thursday, with a special visit by the OCPS Chairman Bill Sublette to the Chamber board meeting. During this discussion, Chairman Sublette spoke to issues referenced in this letter and indicated that a Chamber board member may be asked to serve on a group tasked with school siting. The Chamber will also participate in a work session on school siting on Tuesday, March 5th at 4:30 pm at the ELC, 445 W. Amelia St., Orlando.
To learn more about these and other issues, we encourage you to attend one of our EGAC meetings to learn more about how this committee is working for you. The next EGAC meeting is scheduled for this Friday, February 27, 8:00am at the WOCC office. At this meeting, David Parks, Public Information Officer for I-4 Ultimate Project, will present a briefing of the ultimate I-4 expansion project. If you would like to attend, please email Krista Carter. The WOCC is committed to being the leading business advocate in central Florida as we exist to serve by “Facilitating Opportunity”; building partnerships, strong businesses and an unshakeable commitment to West Orange County.