The Advocacy Committee voices the concerns and issues from the people of the Annapolis Valley.
Chair - Chris Shirritt
Co-Chair - Kate Seaman
Members: Dave Ritcey, Don Abbey, Al Simpson, Colby Clarke, Harry Harmes, Joel Stoddart, Kim MacQuarrie, Beth Easson
AVCC has been advocating for the twinning of Highway 101 from Avonport to Coldbrook for many years. Recent communications have indicated that this is much more likely to be considered by the provincial government in the near future if the new twinned highway were to be a toll road. AVCC is seeking opinions from the business community on whether we should support or oppose a toll on twinned Highway 101 through the Valley.
Do you believe the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce should support or oppose tolls on Highway 101 to encourage the Provincial Government to twin the section from Avonport to Coldbrook?
See respondent comments here.
Our members have spoken!
In response to our annual survey of members’ priorities, the membership of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC) (including over 370 Annapolis Valley businesses, plus their self-identified employees) has overwhelmingly selected the establishment of alternative energy (solar, wind, tidal) businesses in the Annapolis Valley as their top priority. Alternative energy was chosen from among a random list of 6 previously identified areas of concern for Annapolis Valley businesses.
The Advocacy Committee has been keeping busy providing an educational seminar for Chamber members on green energy. We had representatives from tidal energy, solar energy, and wind energy that in an evening information session spoke to Chamber members on the benefits of green energy for small businesses.We are gearing up for our annual membership survey to touch base with members to see what issues are important to them. It is with the help of this survey that the advocacy committee is able to move forward and advocate on behalf of members. We are in the process of establishing a policy on renewable energy. We are also reflecting on all of our current policies and updating them. We look forward to arranging meetings with local politicians in order to help our members deal with issues that are important to them in the coming year.
Working together for the greater good
In the fall of 2013 the Advocacy Committee had met with their survey professional, Paul DesBarres of Nova Insights, to review the issues being brought forward to our chamber members in the annual survey. The committee was interested in having feedback from the business community on many issues including but not limited to: green energy sources (Scott's Bay tidal proposed project)(natural gas). We look forward to the AVCC survey results. We use these results as an indicator of what matters to our local businesses and where possible, we advocate on behalf of local businesses.
In December, the committee held a discussion session with representatives from the Kings Citizens Coalition. We also received correspondence from the Annapolis Citizens Coalition. Both groups were seeking the support of AVCC in getting an independent study done. The advocacy committee made a motion to bring this issue forward to the AVCC Board of Directors where a successful motion was passed to support these groups in their quest for an independent governance study.
The Advocacy Committee meets on the third Thursday at 3pm of each month at the offices of Nathanson Seaman Watts, 24 Webster Court, Kentville. If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact AVCC executive director.