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Greater Irvine Chamber Goes to Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 05, 2017

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The Greater Irvine Chamber’s Director of Government Affairs, Whit Peterson, joined a group of more than 30 representatives from organizations and businesses throughout Orange County on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. 

Meetings were held with the offices of Senator Cory Booker (NJ), Senator Kamala Harris (CA), Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA), Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45), Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46), Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Education.   

Through such meetings between constituents and business leaders, the Chamber is able to help shape policy in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers often seek their constituent’s opinions when weighing whether to support or oppose bills and frequent communication helps them better represent their districts. 

“This trip provided attendees the opportunity to meet with legislators and their staff to emphasize the importance of the voices of business in their districts,” Peterson said. “It was a productive three days because of the access it provided us to further strengthen relationships with elected officials on behalf of Chamber member businesses.”

The primary focus of the three-day trip, organized by the Orange County Business Council, was to discuss the Delta fix project aimed at providing more water to Southern California, decreased federal regulations, workforce development, and increased transportation funding. The topic of transportation funding was particularly timely as President Trump recently proposed a $1 trillion infrastructure investment to repair the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, railways, and transit systems. This type of investment is crucial to the success of businesses, like many in Irvine, that create goods to be shipped both domestically and internationally. 

“The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce is proud to advocate on behalf of its members to better the business climate in Irvine, Orange County, and California,” Peterson said.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber, visit greaterirvinechamber.com.


Photos:

Top-Greater Irivne Chamber's Director of Government Affairs Whit Peterson and Board of Directors Chairman Albert Napoli.

Left- Whit Peterson listens from behind Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) as she speaks.

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