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Business Advocacy Committees

Our issue committees are the easiest way to get involved with our advocacy efforts. These committee updates feature top leaders on a variety of topics. We invite, and encourage, any Chamber Investor with an interest in these issues to attend the meetings and make your voice heard!

For more information about the following committees, please contact Jason Zacher at 864-239-3718.


The Advocacy Committee meets on the second Friday of each month at 8:30 am. This is the cornerstone policy committee at the Chamber. This Committee convenes business leaders and policy makers to develop the policies needed to ensure economic growth. Joining this Committee allows local business leaders to elevate policy knowledge and political connections.

Co-Chairs: Milton Shockley, Re/Max Realty; Brad Medcalf, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Membership: Open to all Chamber Investors
Issues: Tax policy, Tort reform, Trade, Education, Workforce, Approval of the Agenda, other issues


The Growth and Infrastructure Committee meets quarterly beginning at 8:30 am. Greenville is expected to add more than 220,000 residents by 2040, and this rapid growth will stress the Upstate’s infrastructure. The Growth and Infrastructure Committee will develop the policy solutions needed to meet the needs of a growing business community while protecting our quality of life.

Co-Chairs: Bob Knight, Public Strategy; TBD
Membership: Open to all Chamber Investors at the Business Leader level or above
Issues: Road Funding, Sewer Unification, Transit, Broadband, Workforce Housing, Planning & Zoning


The Energy and Environmental Issues Committee meets every other month at 8:30 am. This Committee advocates for environmental and sustainable energy policies that are responsive to Greenville’s rapid growth and manufacturing economy. We will do this by creating policy solutions based on sound science and risk management while protecting the operations of Upstate businesses.

Co-Chairs: Charlie Isham, C&EC, Inc.; Jason Martin, Duke Energy
Membership: Open to all Chamber Investors
Issues: Air Quality, Water Quality, Pro-Growth Energy Policy, Industrial Environmental Regulation


The Health and Community Wellness Committee meets quarterly at 8:30. This Committee is focused on the Upstate’s healthcare landscape, with special attention to access to care, healthcare innovation, and community health. This committee will develop sound policy solutions with the input from experts in physical and community health, business, and policy.

Co-Chairs: Walker Smith, Bon Secours; Laura Turner, Prisma Health
Membership: Open to all Chamber Investors at the Business Leader level or above
Issues: Containing Costs, Ensuring Access, Medicaid Expansion, Social Determinates of Health

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