Advocating and Protecting Businesses

As a unifying voice for business, the Greater Hall Chamber pursues an aggressive agenda with its Board of Directors, member businesses and staff to make state and local government more business-friendly and our business climate more competitive. The Chamber’s government relations group leads efforts to advocate and protect your business and is the voice for your business in government. It actively develops and promotes policy positions on critical issues impacting the business community, as well as continuously asserts its role as the leading business organization on your behalf on all levels of government.

The Greater Hall Chamber’s Government Affairs Division is lead by David Lee, Jackson EMC, and promotes policy priorities that support the expansion of business and furthers economic development. Our purpose is to influence our elected officials to establish regulations and policies that will improve the ability of a business to compete in the worldwide economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to enhance Gainesville-Hall County.

The Chamber’s Issues Committee is committed to reviewing, developing, and supporting issues that promote a positive, pro-active economic environment with social progress and enhanced quality of life. The Chamber believes that laws and regulations should serve the public without acting as a detriment to business development and growth.

A fundamental component of the Chamber’s mission is to advocate the views of the business community to our elected officials. This is done by engaging elected officials in meaningful policy discussions on your behalf. Every business, no matter how large or small, operates within a world of policy, regulations, laws, and long-range planning. Most government officials want to have a strong relationship with the people they serve. Therefore, businesses and the organizations that represent them, like the Greater Hall Chamber, have a duty to express their opinions and interests on matters that affect their community. Whether in Washington DC, the state capitol or town hall, the opinions of people in the officials’ home district are the most important influences on their decision.

For many years the Greater Hall Chamber has organized an annual pre-legislative forum to allow our business leaders and citizens the opportunity to discuss important issues with our elected officials. The forum called Eggs & Issues provides a valuable means for our local legislative delegation to hear the concerns of its people. This year we will have the opportunity to include discussion at the state level with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and State Senator Butch Miller. Also, new Congressman-Elect Doug Collins will be on hand to hear your concerns. Our delegates from the Georgia House will attend including Representatives Carl Rogers and Emory Dunahoo, Jr. along with Representative-Elect Lee Hawkins and Representative-Elect Timothy Barr.

We will meet on Thursday, December 13 at the Gainesville Civic Center from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. The Eggs & Issues Breakfast is sponsored by Jackson EMC and includes a full buffet breakfast. Cost is $20 for Chamber members; $25 non-members. Don’t miss this important opportunity to interact with your elected officials. Reservations are required, and we are expecting a large crowd. Call Joy Sims at the Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email Joy:, or make your reservations online at

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