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Business & Community Advocacy

The Chamber has an active and engaged Business and Community Advocacy Council and Transportation Committees along with Special Issues Taskforces that represent our diverse membership and guide the Chamber's identification of and response to current issues, proposed legislation, pro-business opportunities and regulatory threats. The strategy and policy actions are approved by the Chamber Board of Directors so we can speak as one voice, the voice of Greater Reading Regional businesses and community.

Policy Agenda & Updates

The council/task forces/work groups below keep our pro-business goals at the forefront of the Pennsylvania and Federal agendas. They also recommend strategy and policy actions to be approved by the Chamber Board of Directors so we can speak as one voice, the voice of Berks County Businesses, to our legislators and key officials.

Business and Community Advocacy Council

Chair- Bill Long

Vice-Chair- Karen Baxter

This council of dedicated volunteers assists in the development of Chamber's pro-business policy agenda.  Utilize our Issues Task Forces based on their expertise to identify, analyze and evaluate issues and policies that impact the business and economic well-being of our members, investors and community.  We engage our membership to become part of our grassroots network to advocate a pro-business policy agenda that will further the economic and business climate of the region.  By developing working relationship with officials at all levels to identify issues and solutions along with establishing regional alliance to promote key policy priorities and initiatives.  Support opportunities for Chamber Members to be engaged with public officials.

Issues Task Forces (established each year based on policy agenda)

Benefits & Workforce - Chair: Bob Harrop

  • Workforce Issues & Pipeline- Co-Lead: Bob Harrop & Mark Schlott
  • Health Care-Co-Lead: Andrew Schreffler & Suzanne Tercha
  • Labor Law-Lead: Bill Gage

Budgets, Spending & Taxes - Co-Chairs: Jeremiah Sensenig & Merle Dunkelberger

  • State & federal Budget 
  • Public Pension Reform
  • Tax Reform

 Infrastructure & Energy/Resource - Co-Chairs: Mike Trymbiski & Natasha Manbeck

Transportation Committee- Chair: Fred Levering

Business & Community Development - Co-Chairs: Glenn Ebersole, John Miravich, & Paul Janssen

 2014-15 Advocacy & Community Leadership Series 


Special Government Affairs Partners

      American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
      Berks County Latino Chamber
      Center for Excellence in Local Government - Albright College
      Greater Reading Economic Partnership
      Greater Reading Young Professionals
      Reading Berks Association of Realtors
      PA Business Council
      PA Manufactures Association
      PA Chamber of Business & Industry & other Regional Chambers
      US Chamber                                                                                                                                PICPA - Reading


If you are interested in finding out more information about the Council, contact Gail Landis.

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