Now imagine you are the restaurant. You didn’t ask for the Porta-Potties to be put there, but the city sets them up there every year for winter time events. What can you do? Who can you call? While fortunately if you are a SPACC member you can call our public affairs team and we will take care of it for you. With our extensive knowledge of city process and connections to city staff, we were able to get the Porta-Potties moved so all the patrons of the restaurant could enjoy the views of wonderful Saint Paul.
If your business has any problems like this and you don’t know who to turn do, give SPACC a call and let us work for you. This is just one example of the many ways our public affairs team was able to work for our members in 2014. Check out a copy of our 2014 Public Affairs report to see the full spectrum of ways your chamber is working to make the East Metro a better place to do business.
Earlier this month, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce released a year-end report dedicated to its advocacy and public affairs work. The report, published annually, provides a detailed glimpse into the work of the Chamber's public affairs team. According to Michael Belaen, the Chamber's director of public affairs and legal counsel, "because a large amount of the chamber's advocacy work happens outside of public hearings and committee meetings, this report helps tell our public affairs story."
The report highlights the Chamber's public affairs accomplishments throughout the year. "From defending private property rights to launching a private-public partnership aimed at promoting increased transit investment, the Chamber delivered strong results for its members and the business community," said Matt Kramer, president of the Chamber. Key achievements in 2014 include:
- Launching East Metro Strong, a new public-private partnership aimed at increased transit investment in the East Metro;
- Being actively engaged in major zoning discussions affecting more than 5,000 buildings and 4,000 parcels of land;
- Facilitating increased study and discussion of solving the problems associated with surface water levels in the Northeast Metro;
- Championing more than $40 million in bonding projects in the East Metro; and
- Advocating for construction of seven new transit corridors totaling more than 150 miles of new transit lines.
Download a copy of the report.