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Here you’ll find out who’s making the decisions shaping our community: Policy-makers are always busy creating new ways to advance the Madison region. Stay informed on the latest policies that may impact the way you do business.


Transportation Moves Commerce

A well developed and maintained transportation infrastructure is vital to Wisconsin’s economy.  Businesses and consumers expect a well maintained system to efficiently move people and goods.  And we aren’t just talking roads.  Transit, airports, ports and rail are all important components of the transportation equation. That’s why the Greater Madison Chamber Board of Directors supports a bi-partisan, state constitutional amendment…read more →

Soglin Says City Needs to Change Perception through Performance

Speaking before the Chamber’s Small Business Advisory Council this morning, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin was optimistic about the direction of the city. A development deal is close for the Union Corners site, a high level of interest remains along the East Washington corridor, and the city will soon release a request for proposals for Judge Doyle Square. The Mayor said…read more →

State Board Recommends Changes to Agency Rules Impacting Small Businesses

Under direction from Governor Walker to find efficiencies and eliminate policies that hinder economic growth, the Wisconsin Small Business Regulatory Review Board has identified 307 agency rules recommended for modification or elimination.  A copy of the 2013 Wisconsin Regulatory Review Report may be found here. Many of the recommendations are industry specific. The following could impact many small businesses. Increase…read more →

Zach Returns to Madison’s Economic Development Committee

Speaking before the City of Madison Economic Development Committee last night, Chamber President Zach Brandon presented his vision for successful partnerships to grow greater Madison’s economy. As a former member and advocate for the Economic Development Committee, Zach expressed his enthusiasm for how far the committee has come since its inception. In his comments, Zach challenged the committee to be…read more →

Governor Defers to Feds on Health Care Exchanges

Governor Walker announced today that Wisconsin would not create a state-run health care exchange and instead defer to the federal government on implementation. A key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the exchanges will be a place for small businesses and individuals to purchase health insurance. In a letter explaining his decision, the Governor said the long-term…read more →

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