The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce is committed to maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through advocacy, education, innovation and collaboration.
The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has adopted the following Legislative Priorities to guide our efforts during 2021 and leading in to the next session of the Texas Legislature. These priorities, once adopted, help our community grow in a responsible way and address key issues related to our population growth.
- Support for state and local tools used to compete for corporate expansions and/or relocations and job growth This includes support for the re-authorization of Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code.
- Support local control of government to continue economic opportunities. The Chamber will oppose efforts to reduce local control of these funding methods.
- Support tax incentives available to facilitate this growth and expansion. • Support adequate funding to keep the Texas Enterprise Fund competitive.
- Oppose any bill that would damage Texas' reputation as a "business-friendly" state. This would include, but not be limited to, any legislation that would promote discriminatory practices on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or identity.
- Support local and regional transportation projects which have a local impact, and a streamlined process for TxDOT involvement.
- Maintain regional decision making authority by local elected officials and the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization to prioritize and identify funding for transportation projects in Central Texas.
- Support Leander Independent School District, Austin Community College and our partners in education's ability to use common sense approaches to a growing district with regards to educating our learners, funding of classrooms, testing and support of staff.
- Support Austin Community College's ability to grow their workforce development programs. • Support Leander ISD and Austin Community College's ability to offer dual credit and other innovative programs at their campuses to help with workforce development
- Monitor legislation related to a competitive workforce and the costs associated with keeping a workforce.
While this list does not contain all of the ways the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce will engage in advocacy for its members, these are the listed priorities of the Cedar Park Chamber Board of Directors. The Chamber will continue to engage and monitor local, regional, state and national policies that may affect the business community in Cedar Park and will react to those as appropriate.