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What happens in Rockville, Annapolis, or on Capitol Hill can have an immediate impact on the business community—and on the economic well-being of all who live and work in the Greater Bethesda area and Montgomery County.  Our Chamber is committed to working with government officials at every level to help promote legislative and regulatory policies that will improve our business climate and positively impact our growing economy.  

Whether it’s Economic Development, Land Use and Transportation, Public Health, Education and Welfare, and Cultural Enrichment and Environmental Awareness, our Advocacy Agenda focuses on supporting and representing businesses of all sizes, across all industries.

The 2015-2016 goals for the Economic Development Group are to:
• Develop the Chamber’s annual Advocacy Agenda;
• Serve as a spokesperson, advocate and liaison for our members and the business community at large;
• Educate our members and the community on economic and government related issues and develop a program that will enable members of the Chamber to testify before elected officials on issues that affect their businesses;
• Through leadership of the Chamber, work with other chambers and business organizations in the County to develop a Jobs/Business Scorecard Program;
• Work closely with property owners in the Bethesda CBD, local citizens’ organizations and government representatives in the development of a new Sector Plan for the Bethesda CBD, and focus on issues that affect businesses; and
• Continue focusing on the improvement of the Bethesda Metro Station through the Bethesda Metro Improvement Task Force.

On a monthly basis, members come together to focus on Economic Development and Real Estate issues that affect the area and their businesses. To learn more about getting involved and to participate in these meetings, go Here.

To see our 2015-2016 Advocacy Agenda, Go Here.

To determine who your state and local representatives are, go Here.

To see Local Government Officials, go Here.

To see State Government Officials, go Here.

To see Federal Government Officials, go Here.

To learn more about how to start a business go Here and for business resources, go Here.