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2/13/2017 Chamber News
Advocating for Positive Change with a Focus on Reducing Taxes

This article is part of a series highlighting our efforts to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. Our organizations are built to deliver on a five point focus to deliver value to businesses in our region. The five point focus was built around the input and needs of the membership.  We work for our members every day to 1) Drive foot traffic and internet traffic into our local businesses creating business to consumer connections; 2) Increase business to business connections for our members through services, events and seminars; 3) Contain health insurance costs through pro-active solutions; 4) Advocate for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes; and 5) Support economic, workforce and tourism development.

Focus 4 of our five point focus is to advocate for positive change with a focus on reducing taxes.

Our members have identified taxes as a significant challenge to being competitive. Whether it be property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes or other fees, these expenses place businesses in Chautauqua County at a competitive disadvantage with competitors elsewhere in the United States and across the globe. We fight for our members whether it is in Washington DC, Albany or at the local level in an effort to reduce the cost of government, encourage governmental efficiencies, achieve tax reductions and eliminate the structural barriers to economic development. We advocate through a variety of national and state business associations. At the local level we work through a grassroots network to advance positive change that benefits the business community.

We have an active public policy team composed of small, medium and large businesses. Annually, the public policy team helps to establish priority advocacy items for the year. This year’s priorities include helping direct members to resources and tools to help mitigate taxes, maintaining a focus on the upstate economy, strengthening our cities, improving water quality and the health of our lakes, advancing high quality education aligned with the regional workforce needs, and achieving New York State mandate and regulatory changes that support business growth.

If you are interested in participating in our public policy efforts reach out to us!  Let us know how we can help your business by calling 716-484-1101 or 716-366-6200. You can also learn more about us by visiting us online at

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