Legislative Agenda

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce & Visit Savannah 2019 Legislative Overview

Over 150 members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce make up our Governmental Affairs Council. The council, facilitated by a Chairman, meets at least three times a year, as necessary, to review local, state and federal issues. When creating policy, or legislative agendas, the council makes its recommendations to the Chamber’s Executive Committee and then these matters go to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for consideration. In instances where decisions are time sensitive and will affect the membership, the Executive Committee makes decisions on behalf of the Chamber Board. Along with the Chamber’s director of governmental affairs, engaged members help advocate for the Chamber’s priorities to become enacted.

Specific Legislative Priorities:

  • Defend against legislative measures that would negatively impact Savannah’s business climate, appear discriminatory in nature, would harm the ability to create, attract, retain and expand jobs and investments.
  • Support efforts to obtain the necessary funding to begin the building phase of the Savannah Convention Center expansion project.
  • Support enhancement of Georgia’s historic preservation incentives to encourage investment in the rehabilitation of historic landmarks.
  • Support Georgia Southern University’s Board of Regents’ request for $5.2 million in equipment funding for the new Center for Engineering and Research Building on the Statesboro campus.
  • Support Georgia Southern University’s Board of Regents’ request for $5 million to convert existing under-utilized space into Student Success and Mentoring Centers for students on the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses.
  • Support the expansion of hospitality and culinary training at Savannah Technical College to address the critical shortage of skilled workers for the hospitality industry.
  • Support proactive military legislation that seeks to protect and expand Georgia’s military instillations and grow this important statewide economic development target industry.
  • Support efforts to streamline the deployment of technology that makes wireless broadband more easily accessible.

Key Pro-Business Policies & Positions

The Chamber thanks the State of Georgia for its continued investments in maintaining, improving and expanding our state’s transportation infrastructure which allows commerce in the Savannah region to continue to flow. We encourage GADOT to prioritize enhancements of the I-95 interchange that serves the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, improvements to the US-80 Tybee Causeway, and other major infrastructure investments needed that will allow the Georgia Ports Authority to continue to grow.

  • Advocate for legislation, initiatives and funding to support registered and certified programs such as Move On When Ready, Georgia College & Career Academies and other efforts that prepare students for future careers while providing a skilled workforce for the region’s current and future employers.
  • Support legislation that would allow state funds to be used to establish or enhance local pre-K programs.
  • Support initiatives to attract and retain military veterans and retirees through tax and education incentives
    that encourage veterans to reside in Georgia and seek employment with Georgia companies.
  • Support initiatives to attract and retain military veterans and retirees through tax and education incentives
    that encourage veterans to reside in Georgia and seek employment with Georgia companies.
  • Support funding and state policies that will have a positive impact on healthcare for the citizens of Georgia. Without top quality healthcare, businesses in Georgia will suffer and it will be difficult to attract economic development opportunities to the state. We will support policies that positively impact medical education, access to healthcare throughout the state of Georgia and adequate funding of Medicaid and the State Health Benefit Plan.
  • Support the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s efforts to obtain $450,000 for the design and engineering phase of the mid-life refit for the research vessel Savannah.
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