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Local Issues

The Chamber stays very close to our local elected officials and key staff.  Please see below for a listing of some of the key local issues that the Chamber is currently working on:

Transportation:

  • East/West: Move the DeRenne area improvement solution(s) from the ‘study’ stage to the engineering and implementation stage.
  • Reframe the community debate to what is best for the whole community, rather than the ‘not-in-my-backyard’ debate of today.
  • Build on the vision of the completed project garnering support for the known rather than allowing people to play upon the fear of the unknown.

Bay Street:

  • Implement a short-term plan to slow traffic and improve safety.
  • Develop and agreed upon long-term plan to reduce truck traffic.

Regional Planning:

  •  Develop a plan to begin the process of multi-county transportation planning at the County level.
  •  I-16/I-95 Lighting:  Develop funding support to better light and make the intersection safer.

Parking:

  • Evaluate meter time adjustments to allow for business meetings of 60 minutes (i.e. 90 minute meters)
  • Evaluate broader use of credit or transportation payment cards at meters

Housing:

  • Work with the Housing Authority of Savannah to improve the quality, availability and affordability of assisted housing
  • Assist Director with Board development
  • Continue down town master plan involvement to assure affordable, yet safe and quality housing remains available

Public Safety:

  • Develop a Public Safety Compact with agreed upon safety measurements coupled with specific areas of business community support
  • Work though needed areas of refinement to assure the continued success of the Police Merger
  • Monitor CNT management and leadership to assure the most effective structure for the community.
  • Work to install cameras in high-crime areas and through the Squares as soon as possible.  Phase II, augment lighting as necessary.

Inspections and Permitting:

  • Continue refinement of City processes and engage in new site location evaluation to assure accessibility.  In association with SEDA

          o Monitor staffing and retention/vacancies to assure personnel adequate to meet demand

Focus on county services to improve customer satisfaction and reduce processing time.  Develop recommendations by 3rd Quarter.

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