Public Policy

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Public Policy Mission Statement

The Nashoba Valley Public Policy Committee is dedicated to influencing the development of local, state and federal laws and policies in support of the Chamber’s mission. The Committee advocates for public policies that promote job growth, business expansion and new market opportunities, while opposing government actions that would have the opposite effect. The Committee also serves as a resource to the membership, providing information on important issues, opportunities to advocate on their own behalf, and direct contact with elected officials, candidates for public office and policymakers.

The Wonk – June 2016

New Members Beacon Hill Day: What Happened When the Chamber Made its Case on Beacon Hill On June 8, several members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce visitedBoston for our annual Beacon Hill Day. Our annual legislative action day provides our members with opportunities to meet our legislative delegation and advocate on behalf of…

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The Wonk – May 2016

New Members Clean, Affordable, and Reliable Energy A recap of Hydro Quebec’s May Presentation to the Chamber. On Tuesday, May 3, the Chamber welcomed Carolyn O’Connor, Director of External Affairs for Hydro Quebec and David Alward, Canadian Consul General, for an illuminating briefing about Governor Charlie Baker’s initiatives to meet the Commonwealth’s clean energy aspirations…

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The Wonk – April 2016

New Members Beacon Hill Legend and Chamber Ally to Retire After 17 years of advocacy on behalf of small business owners throughout the Commonwealth, Bill Vernon, the Massachusetts director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), recently announced he will retire by April 2017. Throughout his tenure as state director, Bill has represented the…

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The Wonk – March 2016

New Members Presidential Poll Members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber participated in an online survey regarding the Presidential race last month.  Here is what members think with comparison to actual results from the Massachusetts Primary held on March 1st. Who is best equipped to handle the economy? Bernie Sanders – 46.7% John Kasich – 16.7%…

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The Wonk – February 2016

New Members Presidential Poll Welcome back after our February hiatus, hope you all enjoyed a good dose of Presidential politics.  If not, it will continue through November. Speaking of politics… CLICK HERE for our quick and confidential poll.  Let us know who you think should and will win. Upcoming Public Policy Meetings March 1 – Join us…

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The Wonk – January 2016

New Members Partnerships That Build Better Businesses Earlier this month, the Public Policy Committee convened a Nashoba Valley group of Town Administrators to discuss local issues at our January meeting.  The meeting brought to light the importance of the relationship between our municipalities and the Chamber. The dialogue focused on the need for cooperative efforts…

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The Wonk – December 2015

New Members Steps in the Fight Against Opioids Earlier this month, the Public Policy Committee hosted State Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, for a discussion on opioid legislation in Massachusetts. As opioid addiction has become a major problem in our communities, it was eye-opening to learn more about…

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The Wonk – November 2015

New Members 2015 Beacon Hill Recap In contrast to the excitement of election season, MassInc recently called out Beacon Hill for its performance this year. In Bruce Mohl’s article, “Beacon Hill’s snail pace of action,” he notes that 10 months into the two-year legislative session many important topics have been discussed, but few substantial bills…

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The Wonk – October 2015

New Members Chamber Leads Fight on Beacon Hill Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Melissa Fetterhoff recently visited the State House to testify against House Bill 1708, An Act establishing just scheduling for employees. The bill would require employers to post employee schedules three weeks in advance, mandate 11 hours off between employees’…

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The Wonk – September 2015

New Members Is It Deja Vu with Base Closures? Hear Directly from Gov. Baker’s Point Person on Military Facilities in Mass. Those who remember the closing of Fort Devens understand what it means when Congress restarts the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).  What will the next round of BRAC mean for the military left…

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