Legislative Agenda

Educate. Advocate. Engage.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce listens to employer concerns and actively advocates on behalf of its members and our region at the local, state, and federal levels.

Each year, Rochester Chamber surveys its members on the issues of greatest importance to the employer community.

Top 5 advocacy priorities from Rochester Chamber members: 

  • New York State mandates affecting business
  • Economic development
  • Health care
  • Taxes (e.g., corporate, property, school)
  • Workers’ compensation reform

Other areas of significant interest:

  • Labor supply/qualified workers
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Education reform
  • Liability reform
  • Minimum wage
  • Transportation/infrastructure
  • Brownfields

Educate. Through written materials, briefings, conferences, and one-on-one dialogue, our advocacy team provides up-to-date information to educate and inform members on the issues of greatest interest to employers.

Advocate. We develop letters, participate in press events, lead lobby days and are in frequent contact with legislators and staff to be sure the employer voice is heard on important policy matters.

Engage. We provide forums and networking events to help employers engage and connect with elected leaders and officials.

Constituent Support. Help is just a phone call away. Members can consult with the Public Policy department on company-specific concerns. Whether it’s a request for a letter of support, advice on a policy matter, or helping connect a member to the right government or community resource, Rochester Chamber stands ready to help. Call 585.256.4626.