A message from President and CEO, Tara Barney

Make your voice heard

President & CEO,
Tara Barney

The Indiana Legislative Session is in full swing. Our Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and public policy team are on the “front lines” working with our state and local elected officials to keep our region’s pro-business climate strong and to strengthen the tools we need to add to the quality of life we enjoy. What am I talking about? While we’re rightly proud of our region and love calling it home, some would say that Southwest Indiana is the Midwest’s best-kept secret. That’s not exactly a compliment when we aspire to grow our population, to help our businesses grow, and to attract new businesses to our community. We have a great story to tell, and the Chamber, working with our region’s economic development partners, is telling that story. The Chamber is  supporting the local business environment so our future prosperity is secure.  

Your involvement matters: Make your voice heard on regulatory and policy matters that affect your business by joining other businesses to represent our collective interests. We really do have strength in numbers. Here are three opportunities coming up:

March 12 Join the Southwest Indiana Chamber for our day at the Statehouse. We will have time with Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the legislative leadership as well as the members of the Southwest Indiana Delegation who represent our interests.

March 15 The Latino Chamber Alliance 2019 annual meeting will feature a statewide legislative conference this year. Latino business organizations from around the state will convene here to discuss business priorities and pursue common goals.  

April 12 The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and our Public Policy team will host our region’s senators and representatives here for a conversation about your priorities and the way the legislative session is shaping up.  

I hope you choose to participate in one or all of these opportunities. Even if you can’t, know that your fellow Chamber members and our staff are engaged every day to advance the future of our region. We are pursuing the incentives and regulations that enhance our economic growth. We are promoting a shared vision for continuing the Quality of Place gains that Regional Cities is bringing to our community, and we are in regular dialogue with federal, state and local officials about issues affecting our members.

Together We Thrive!