The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is focused on extending its influence in governmental affairs. The organization has a proven history of active involvement in advocating for business in public policy decisions and Chamber leadership realizes that the stakes are even higher today.
"We have substantially increased our investment of time and talent in governmental affairs,” stated Chamber President, Rob Guidry. "In order to protect the interest of business we have to be a player in that arena.”
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Chamber Vice-President, Bruce Conque is a former elected official and experience political operative. Conque resigned his post on the Lafayette City-Parish Council to take the Chamber position in 2008. He is using his experience to manage business issues with local governments throughout the region.
Conque is also playing an integral role as the Chamber engages in discussions of revisions of the Lafayette City-Parish Charter. It is expected to provide recommendations on several areas to update the Charter.
Whether on the local, state or national level, volunteers will be called upon to voice their opinion and to support Chamber policy. Guidry states that "we will organize the membership to let our elected officials know where we stand. The Chamber will provide the vehicle for them to have a pro-active voice in the process.
"Members expect their organization to step up and be bold in supporting them. We have the resources now to take that political activity to the next level,” added Guidry.