The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce takes seriously its
role as the voice of the region’s business community.
As a voice for wise public policy decisions at the Federal,
State and Local level, the Chamber is dedicated to advocating
for policies and regulations that allow a vibrant and dynamic
business community to blossom while protecting the region’s
unique quality of life.
As the only Chamber of Commerce with a professional lobbyist
in the state capitol, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce
has been a key voice in issues from Tax Reform to Insurance
Reform for Small Businesses. As a proactive advocacy organization,
the Chamber annually develops legislative priorities that
are identified and prioritized by the membership. As a non-partisan
organization, the Chamber works closely with state leaders
to meet the needs of New Hampshire’s growing business
community. Over the past several years, the Chamber has championed
a number of initiatives, including the successful creation
of economic development zones to help redevelop our urban
centers, the re-introduction of a Research & Development
tax credit, Net Operating Loss tax reform which helps struggling
businesses invest and grow, and the creation of a Rail Transit
Authority to oversee the re-introduction of commuter rail
to our state.
Our primary objective for the 2008 session relates to the
establishment of a liability cap for future rail operations
in New Hampshire. A liability cap would limit the amount of
damages for which the operator of a rail line could be held
responsible, which is a critical step toward eventually securing
a commuter rail line between Boston and Nashua. The Chamber
is working closely with the City and the Nashua Regional Planning
Commission, along with our colleagues in Manchester, to realize
this important goal.
The Chamber updates its members on its state advocacy efforts
on a weekly basis, through an e-publication known as The
Advocate. Past copies of this weekly e-publication
are posted along the right side of this screen, for your review.
The Chamber’s advocacy efforts go far beyond our work
at the State House, by focusing an intense energy on issues
of local importance that affect the ability of our businesses
to thrive within the city of Nashua itself. In 2007, the Chamber
created a Local Advocacy Task Force comprised of 11 prominent
business leaders, tasked with driving the Chamber’s
strategic initiatives at the local level. This task force
serves as a resource to our city’s elected and appointed
officials, providing assistance and expertise to commonly
shared goals promoting the positive development of the city.
The Task Force intends to bring a final resolution to the
debate surrounding the need for the Broad Street Parkway as
its top strategic issue in 2008.