About Government Affairs

The Chamber's government affairs mission is to provide a comprehensive, non-partisan state and local political program to promote and protect a favorable climate for the conduct of business in the Greater Pensacola Region.

As the voice for the business community, the Greater Pensacola Chamber represents business interests in public policy and civic arenas by tracking legislative issues and advocating for business interests to government officials on the local, state and federal levels.

Through proactive, aggressive governmental affairs initiatives, the Chamber works to maintain and promote an environment in the Pensacola region that is conducive to business development.

Legislative Meetings and Events

The following is a list of annual events conducted by our Department of External Affairs. If you have questions about these events, interested in sponsoring or would like to participate please contact our Director of External Affairs Sara Lefevers at slefevers@pensacolachamber.com.

Legislative Luncheon - As the voice for the business community, the Greater Pensacola Chamber represents business interests in public policy and civic arenas by tracking legislative issues and advocating for business interests to government officials on the local, state and federal levels. The annual Legislative Luncheon will be held on December 13, 2019 at the Pensacola Yacht Club in December with 300 business and community leaders in attendance.

Legislative Wrap-Up - The annual Legislative Wrap Up briefs over 100 community on effects of the recently completed Florida Legislative Session for that year. This event will be on March 24, 2020 at Skopelos. The program is presented by the Gray|Robinson Law Firm out of Tallahassee. Key topics include the newly implemented laws and how they will affect your business.

Northwest Florida Days at the Capitol - Join over 50 community and business leaders for the Chamber trip to Tallahassee on February 24-25, 2020. This trip allows Chamber members to network with policy makers, leaders, and local leadership. This event is designed to advance the Chamber's State legislative agenda and provide an opportunity for Chamber members to meet key leaders in State government. Local business and elected leaders who participate will find it to be an excellent opportunity to network with other community leaders and familiarize themselves with the Capitol and our critical State issues.

Community Leadership Visit - The Chamber is thrilled to announce the inaugural Community Leadership Visit! Over 40 community and business leaders, elected officials and community activists will visit a comparable city and examine its successes and challenges in hopes of applying takeaways to the Pensacola area. In 2020, Nashville, TN has been selected as the first location visit for the CLV. This will be a two night stay.

Legislative Round Tables - The Greater Pensacola Chamber is dedicated to connecting our members with their elected officials and informing them on current issues that directly impact their businesses and our community. Quarterly breakfast meetings with a high-quality speakers will be held to educate members on a key policy or current issue. Members will also have opportunities to ask questions at the end of the meeting in a brief, traditional Q&A format.

Open Office Hours - The first Monday of every month our Director of External Affairs will host an open office hour from 3-4pm. This is an opportunity for members to come and discuss any regulatory or policy concerns they have or to talk about potential business or community initiatives. The Chamber is here to serve you and your business; therefore, we want to know how we can best advocate for you! This hour is also an opportunity for us to inform you on what policy or community initiatives we are working on. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to connect.

Policy Committee - This committee is comprised of members who share an interest in advocating on behalf of the business community. The main purpose of this committee is to establish the legislative priority for the upcoming session and to stay informed on current events and changes in policy at the local, state and federal level. If you are interested in knowing more about this committee please contact us at slefevers@pensacolachamber.com .