RACPAC launched to give local businesses a voice

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In response to chamber member input, the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce has extended its influence. The newly reformed Rocklin Chamber Government Relations Committee (formerly the Government Affairs Committee), has expanded for 2009 to include three important prongs – the Rocklin Area Chamber Political Action Committee, the Economic Development Committee and the Downtown Redevelopment Committee. While each group has a distinct focus, they will work collaboratively to ensure that the chamber effectively advocates the priorities of the business community. The purpose behind the new RACPAC is to launch an issues-only political action committee that provides a conduit for businesses to have a voice in the political process. The inaugural committee is made up of members of the board of directors and chamber members at large who have joined together to better allow the local business community to weigh in on issues of economic vitality and quality of life that are important to Rocklin and the local area. The RACPAC will focus on local initiatives, regulations, bonds and tax proposals that affect area businesses. The group is the brainchild of Brian Jensen, RACPAC’s founding chairman, and Dave Butler, chairman of the overall Government Relations Committee, and came out of the need for local businesses to have more active involvement in local elections. Jensen, government relations consultant with Pacific Gas & Electric, and Butler, CEO of Linking Education and Economic Development, have been working to identify chamber members and key business members who are eager to participate and work on the committee to make an impact. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has already laid the groundwork for the group with the committee getting the stamp of approval. The FPPC is the governing body that tracks where political money is coming and going and regulates all political action committees. The RACPAC has drafted its bylaws and outlined its fundraising strategy and is now in the process of setting up its annual calendar and priorities. Look for future updates on issues and initiatives that the committee will be championing. For more information on the RACPAC or other Rocklin Chamber committees, contact the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce at 624-2548 or check out the Web site at – Robin Trimble is CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at