Advocating for our Region on Capitol Hill

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For 48 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber has led a delegation to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our region’s most pressing needs as part of its Capitol-to-Capitol (Cap-to-Cap) program. This month, over 360 business and community leaders and elected officials will join this effort, holding more than 200 meetings with administration, congressional, agency, and non-governmental organizations. During this five-day period, we will focus on sharing information about our significant success through regional collaboration and enlist support to continue these accomplishments.

Our region continues to build and create a unique and diverse community that is both attractive to its current residents and full of opportunity for those that want to join us. We have used our inventiveness to create a region that is now recognized across the globe in the areas of agriculture, technology, life sciences, infrastructure and civic innovation. I would even say that we are becoming an emerging focal point for innovation, a living laboratory for new ideas and investment – our region is having its “moment.”

With all of the good we have to celebrate, there are some big issues our region must address, including housing, health care, regulations, education, jobs,
food systems and land use. None of these issues are easy to solve, requiring a diverse, community-based collaboration here at home. Which is why the Cap-to-Cap program works so well as a platform – by first working on solutions locally and regionally, we can then enlist the support and commitment of our federal policymakers and agencies.

Cap-to-Cap is just one part of the Metro Chamber’s ongoing advocacy efforts to support the growth of our business community. If you can’t join us this year, follow our efforts via #CaptoCap18, where you can get updates from the road. You can also join one of the Chamber’s 12 policy committees that meet monthly, plan to attend the Chamber’s annual Study Mission to Brooklyn happening October 9-12, 2018, or engage in the State Legislative Summit or Cap-to-Cap next year. Your voice is an important part of improving our region, and we need your participation.

I am thrilled to serve as Chair of the Cap-to-Cap program this year and look forward to our shared and ongoing success.

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