Advocacy & Policy

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to improving the business climate and quality of life for the Greater Augusta region, and to act whenever the interests of the business community are challenged. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the economic development of the region, pro-business and good government policies.

Policy Process

This document provides our Guiding Principles as the voice of business and a detailed description of how your Chamber develops agendas and makes policy decisions.

Policy Consideration Form

This form is provided for anyone who has an issue they would like to have the Chamber consider taking a position on. The process is clearly defined in the form.

Voice of Business Committee

Mission/Purpose: To collaborate with key constituent groups and chamber members to identify emerging issues that are important to the Greater Augusta region’s business community. The committee monitors and educates members on legislation at the federal, state and local level. A focused process is followed that involves hearing presentations on issues, reviewing issues, gathering input from our members as to how these issues impact their business and then making recommendations to the Board for further action. This committee is open to any active member of the Chamber.

Committee Members

John Bowers, Chair:  First Bank and Trust
Kent O’Donohue, Vice Chair:  Balzer and Associates
Chris Runion:  Eddie Edwards Signs
Alex Brown:  Augusta Health
Joe Litterio:  First Bank
Mark Journell:  Daikin Applied
Tom Sheets:  Blue Ridge Lumber
John Downey:  Blue Ridge Community College
John Urso: McKee Foods Corp. 
Larry Kroggel: HR Consultant