Monday May 05 2008
Transportation key issue at Capitol-to-Capitol trip
By: Dave Butler, Chamber View
The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Rocklin were well represented on the 38th Annual Capitol-to-Capitol Trip to Washington, DC, hosted by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, April 5-9. “The annual Cap-to-Cap Trip is perhaps the most effective way for a local chamber of commerce and a community like Rocklin to maximize our influence both at the federal level and within the greater Sacramento region,” noted Robin Trimble, Rocklin Chamber CEO. “Through Cap-to-Cap, not only do we have the opportunity to place our issues on the regional priority list, we are also able to cultivate relationships with key regional business and government leaders to further our strategic objectives at home.” Over 350 business and government leaders from throughout the six-county region attended the Cap-to-Cap trip, the largest local chamber of commerce lobbying trip in the nation. During the four months preceding the trip, participants researched and wrote 91 issue and appropriation request papers to make the case for federal funding and policy activity on many important issues that affect the region’s economy, prosperity, businesses and families. Priorities for the delegation included: Advocating for balanced transportation solutions that improve the region’s connectivity Securing immediate funding to provide 200-year flood protection for our region and advocating for streamlining regulatory barriers that are impediments for the region’s capacity to obtain this protection, while protecting the region’s water supplies, water quality and environmental resources Ensuring the Sacramento region has access to the capital it needs to emerge as the state’s clean and green energy technology leader and extending health care coverage to low-income children For the second straight year Trimble served as team captain for the Small Business team. “A huge benefit of being a leader on the Small Business team was the chance to develop relationships with regional small business owners and key legislative staff within the federal government that can help us bring additional resources to our members here in Rocklin and the South Placer region.” Also representing Rocklin Chamber Board on Metro Chamber’s annual Capitol-to-Capitol Trip were: David Butler – LEED, Aldo Pineschi – Aldo Pineschi Consulting and Julie Hanson, KT Communities. Rocklin city representatives included Mayor Brett Storey, Councilmember Scott Yuill – Scott Yuill Insurance & Financial Services, and Rocklin City Manager Carlos Urrutia. – David Butler is CEO of LEED – Linking Education and Economic Development – and chairman of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee. He can be reached at (916) 231-5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.