A message from President and CEO Tara Barney

Happiest of Holidays!

Tara Barney
Southwest Indiana Chamber President and CEO

December is a month for celebrations and for welcoming the coming year. It’s my privilege to share a few thoughts on our region and, particularly, on matters of importance from the Chamber of Commerce’s perspective. The Southwest Indiana Chamber is powered by the many businesses and stakeholders that comprise our local economy, more than 1,400 of which invest in the future prosperity of this region through Chamber membership.
Some of the most valuable work we do is informing and supporting the adoption of good public policy at the local, state and federal level. What’s “good public policy?” Everyone will have a perspective on this. We look at it as the regulatory, operating and taxing environment that best positions our region for success. Success for business, success for our residents and success for important institutions that are partners in powering our region: our schools, colleges and universities, health care partners and so many others.
So why is this a December conversation? January brings the opening of the next Indiana Legislative Session and a time that our staff and members are most actively engaged in sorting through matters that impact you. The Chamber Government Affairs Committee and our Board will be using the results of our member survey to craft a legislative agenda; those issues that we will work on your behalf to continue refining our already-sound business environment. And we invite you, our members and stakeholders, to participate in our business councils for briefings on important business priorities.
Our councils offer both education on key initiatives that are coming our way as well as a forum for robust discussion of how we best support “regional success:”
• Transportation and infrastructure
• Health
• Environment and energy
• Talent development and growth
Over recent years, the Chamber’s public policy work has impacted not only the construction of the I-69 corridor, but investment in road funding throughout our region. We continue to support investments in Early Childhood Education, easing of burdensome regulations for professionals working in our bi-state region, forward-looking investments in our workforce, and numerous opportunities to build our quality of place here in Greater Evansville. With your help and expertise, we will continue to be the voice of business at City Hall, our Statehouse, and in Washington, D.C.
Watch our newsletters, social media feeds and website for opportunities to participate in these councils. Your membership in the Chamber comes with both the opportunity and the responsibility to share your perspective. These councils are a great forum to do so. #TogetherWeThrive