Advocacy


The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has a proven track record of advocating for the business community at the local, city, state and federal levels of government. This is achieved through a tireless dedication to the economic development of Brooklyn, and regular interaction with elected officials. Our aggressive programming combines research, as well as government and community relations.


Legislative Agenda For Growth

Each year, we conduct an annual membership survey about issues affecting the local economy and business environment. The information gathered from this survey helps the Chamber shape its positions on key issues, as well as prioritize its advocacy agenda to plan the annual state and federal legislative visits.


Chamber Member Issues Surveys

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of its Government Affairs Committee, conducts annual surveys of its membership in an effort to identify issues that affect the business climate in the borough.  In addition, the data from these surveys helps to inform the Chamber's advocacy agenda, subject to the review and approval of the Chamber's Board of Directors.  For example, in both 2003 and 2004, Chamber Members expressed concern over several insurance related issues, including the rising costs of liability and health insurance and workers' compensation rates.

The Chamber's surveys also are used to determine the level of support amongst its membership for specific economic development initiatives around the city.  Past projects the Chamber has polled its Members on include the Atlantic Yards Project, Greenpoint/Williamsburg rezoning, the 2012 Olympic Bid, the Hudson Yards Project and other major development and zoning intitiatives.

Click the following links to review the results of past Chamber Member surveys:


Community Relations

Through its various committees and working groups, the Brooklyn Chamber conducts strategic outreach to community stakeholders, including neighborhood-based organizations, local businesses, nonprofits, economic development organizations, and cultural organizations to establish partnerships. Particular emphasis is placed on outreach to traditionally underserved demographics with a stated local objective.