The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Newport County Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region.
Much of this work is done through different committees. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) of the Chamber is specifically tasked with the Chamber’s advocacy efforts. The GAC is committed to reviewing, developing, and supporting issues that promote a positive, pro-active economic environment with social progress and enhanced quality of life. The chamber believes that laws and regulations should serve the public without acting as a detriment to business development and growth.
The purpose of the Government Affairs Committee is to inform and to influence our elected officials to establish regulations and policies that will improve the ability of a business to compete in the worldwide economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to enhance Newport County and greater Rhode Island. The issues are raised by the chamber members and evaluated by the Government Affairs Committee with a recommendation to the Board of Directors.
As part of our effort to keep the business community informed of the work the Chamber is performing on their behalf, we will begin sharing reoccurring updates on what the Government Affairs committee is working on. If there is an issue that is impacting your business, please don’t hesitate to bring it to our attention.