Business Advocacy

Important opportunities that set the future direction of our community take place virtually every day at some level of local or state government. If you believe, as we do, that a healthy business environment is an essential component of livability, then a constructive business voice contributing to those discussions is imperative.

It’s the reason the Eugene Chamber takes very seriously its role of advocate on behalf of the business community with state and local government entities — to ensure an environment where businesses can thrive. The Chamber is the only broad-based business organization that aspires to represent business interests no matter your size, industry or location. If you're doing business in the Eugene area — even if your company is located outside the area — we are working on your behalf.

The influential 25 members of the Chamber’s Local Government Affairs Council (LGAC) meet on a weekly basis to review and take action on public policy issues that impact business and the local economy. From local land use issues to regulations, LGAC is protecting and promoting the interests of business. The Chamber, through LGAC, determines these interests and works to advance those positions. It is LGAC’s job to be non-partisan, pro-business and pro-community.

The goals are to:

  • Represent the interests of business
  • Explore and pursue community collaborations focused on positive, high-impact community development projects
  • Champion investments in infrastructure important to continued economic prosperity throughout the region
  • Serve as a leader in supporting and advancing innovative approaches to the challenges faced by local government
  • Develop, encourage and support effective leaders who aspire to local elected office

Building a great community with a vibrant economy requires an active voice for the business community. In Eugene, that responsible voice of business is the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.

Here are some of the issues LGAC will work on in 2014:

  • Advocating for EWEB Riverfront Redevelopment: LGAC has long recognized the importance of connecting our downtown to the riverfront. They have been vocal advocates for the proposed EWEB riverfront redevelopment since the master plan was unveiled in 2007. Now that the City council has approved the rezoning and code changes needed to move the riverfront development forward, LGAC will continue their advocacy around this project. They will look at the Riverfront Urban Renewal District and the role that tool may play in any development of the site.
  • Civic Stadium: While in early stages, this 10-acre potential development site near the city core represents a great opportunity for our community. Adding a major development could mean significant tax revenue increases for the city and a large one time financial transaction to the 4J School District. LGAC will take up this issue looking at the school district's goals for the site and the potential site plans that will be considered.
  • The City of Eugene's budget challenges. Since 2008 the City budget has faced deficits each year requiring over $24 million of needed expense reductions from its $125 million General Fund. Despite continued cost savings, personnel reductions and efficiencies within the organization, they are faced with a $3 million deficit. LGAC is examining options to address the current deficit to the budget and craft recommendations for a balanced budget that support local business and the growth of the local economy.