Your Business Advocate

The Chamber believes in effective grassroots advocacy, powerful partnerships, and well-informed and politically engaged communities. The Chamber is the business community’s voice in the halls of government for policies and laws that promote business enterprise and a strong economy.

While members certainly benefit the more they get involved in the Chamber’s many offerings, the Chamber’s staff and committees are continuously working behind the scenes to provide a return on investment to its members through its advocacy.

You can focus on your business, knowing your Chamber is keeping a pulse on the issues that you, and determining what we can do to help our business community thrive.


Building upon years of history in representing our business community’s interests in collaboration with our local, regional and state public partners, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce further strenghtened its role in business advocacy by combining the Growth Management and Government Affairs committees into a new Business Advocacy Committee. The Committee’s goal:

Seeking to monitor, inform, communicate and engage for the benefit of our members, businesses and economic good.

The Business Advocacy Committee seeks to serve our 1,400+ member businesses, the 50,000 citizens these members employ, and the region’s business community in the following four strategic areas:

Monitor – Monitor public policy, growth management and government targeted objectives/issues that impact our members at the local, state and federal levels;

Inform – Inform our members regarding important topics utilizing a variety of membership communication channels, including these monthly newsletters;

Engage – Engage a formalized, productive “Business ó Government” communication process;

Advocate – Advocate Chamber positions, provide guidance to, and seek input from, Chamber members regarding top priority business topics.

The Business Advocacy Committee provides Governmental Affairs Advocacy; Coalition Creation; Engagement of Elected Leaders; Growth Management Oversight; State Government Task Force; and Representation at City and County Commission Meetings.

Here are the members who comprise the Business Advocacy Committee:

Reggie Bouthillier | Chair
Stearns Weaver

E. Edward Murray, Jr. | Vice-Chair

Scott Balog
Tallahassee Community College

David Coburn
Florida State University

Laurie Dozier
Mad Dog Construction

Timothy Edmond
The Edmond Group, LLC

Anthony W. Hopson
Florida A&M University

Shane Lambert
Shane Lambert Construction

Mark O’Bryant
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Kelly O’Keefe
Berger Singerman

Heidi Otway

Gloria Pugh
AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage

Barbara Ray
North Highland Company

Mark A. Robinson
Capital Regional Medical Center


Chamber members benefit from the Committee’s relationships with elected officials and local leaders and receive exclusive and timely information on important issues involving local government, higher education institutions and private sector partners.

To learn more about how this Committee can work for your business, please click HERE.

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