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Local Issues

The Chamber work 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:

  • Project DeRenne: Follow this important City of Savannah infrastructure project from the ‘study’ stage to the engineering and implementation stage.
  • Focus on Regionalism.
  • Work with state elected officials as state-wide transportation funding solutions are considered and implemented.

Regional Planning:

  • I-16/I-95 Lighting:  Develop funding support to better light and make the intersection safer.
  • Support SEDA and the new four county authority partnership to support major projects in our region.

Parking:

  • Work with the City of Savannah during the upcoming parking study.
  • 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:

  • Work though needed areas of refinement to assure the continued success of the Police Merger
  • Develop a Public Safety Compact with agreed upon safety measurements coupled with specific areas of business community support
  • 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
  • Monitor staffing and retention/vacancies to assure personnel adequate to meet demand
  • Act as the liaison between Chamber members and city staff to assist in inspection and permitting.
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