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Government Affairs

Smart politics is smart business, and knowing what is happening on the political front is important for businesses of all sizes. The Greater Akron Chamber provides the most up-to-date information on policies and government relations that could affect your business and makes available the resources to:

  • Connect our members to important legislative issues
  • Keep tabs on political climates
  • Connect to decision makers
  • Get involved in grassroots advocacy efforts

Public Policy Agenda

The Public Policy Agenda mirrors the Advance Greater Akron investment priorities of talent, innovation, and leadership. With the help of our members and partners, we utilize a policy framework to guide responsible decisions that foster growth, job creation, and a strong quality of life for our communities.  The Chamber's 2018 Policy Priorities reflects this framework and assists us in communicating our members' positions.

Take Action

There is power in numbers and we encourage all members of the Greater Akron Chamber to take action to ensure we create a climate of prosperity.


The Greater Akron Chamber believes it's important for members to build and maintain relationships with those who make decisions at the local, state, and federal level.  The Chamber gives members the chance to stay informed on policy and issues while providing the opportunity to engage elected officials, candidates, and government representatives to discuss important issues.

Statehouse Series

This unique members-only program allows members to speak directly with those making decisions on topics that impact the state’s business climate. During this annual series of events, members can expect to meet decision makers through a variety of events including (but not limited to) panel discussions, roundtables, luncheons and breakfast events. Recent and upcoming participants in the Statehouse Series include:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge
  • U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan
  • Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor
  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
  • Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
  • Former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber
  • Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni
  • Ohio Senator John Eklund
  • Ohio Senator Frank LaRose
  • Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager
  • Ohio Senator Vernon Sykes
  • Ohio Representative Kathleen Clyde
  • Ohio Representative Anthony DeVitis
  • Ohio Representative Steve Hambley
  • Ohio Representative Marilyn Slaby
  • Ohio Representative Emilia Sykes
  • Former U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton



In advancing the Chamber's mission, it is crucial that the Greater Akron Chamber collaborates with other like organizations who are committed to advancing job growth and mprove Ohio's business climate.

Make Your Vote Count

Voting is a right and the ultimate expression of our freedom.  As the voice of the business community, the Greater Akron Chamber encourages our members to promote the importance of voting to their employees and to educate them on the ballot issues.  Visit your county board of election website on how to register to vote, vote early, or find your polling location.

Join business leaders in the region to make the Chamber voice the voice for regional business.

For questions, please contact John Rizzo, Coordinator of Government Affairs, at (330) 237-1263 or via e-mail at [email protected].