Your Involvement in TwinWest – Your Voice in Government
The TwinWest Chamber mission statement is clear.
TwinWest is an advocate for business. We are the voice of business in government and provide our members opportunities to grow their businesses and improve their communities.
In addition, one of TwinWest’s Value Statements includes Advocacy. TwinWest impacts the business climate. We involve and inform members and influence public policy. We provide opportunities for members to advocate for one another.
Business leaders understand that public policy decisions directly impact the cost of doing business. At TwinWest, we are actively working to ensure the business voice is heard loud and clear to promote a strong climate for member businesses. We encourage you to get to know your elected and appointed officials who make public policy decisions impacting your community.
But, everyone is so busy managing packed schedules and keeping an eye on the bottom line of their business, that you may wonder if you have time to devote to getting involved. And, if you have time, how can you get involved in the public policy and political process?
TwinWest makes it easy to be engaged in a variety of ways that promote a stronger business climate and steps toward economic growth.
The Business Agenda & Government Affairs Committee
TwinWest supports legislation that will create an improved business climate for our members, our region, and the entire state of Minnesota. Each year, the TwinWest Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Mike Lehmann of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., develops policies to drive the Chamber’s efforts during the legislative session. These policies are published in our annual Business Agenda, available online and in print. The Business Agenda is intended to give business leaders a tool to better understand our positions and to get involved in bringing our message to the Capitol.
The TwinWest Business Agenda includes policy positions on:
• State Taxes, Spending, and Government Reform
• Health Care
• E-12 and Lifelong Learning
• Local and Regional Government
The Government Affairs Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. In addition to setting the annual Business Agenda, members meet to discuss timely legislative topics and hear from policy experts on subjects that impact the business community. Whether you are a subject matter expert or a public policy novice, everyone in the TwinWest membership is invited to attend the Government Affairs Committee meetings. No registration is required.
Legislative Breakfast Series
The TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast series is Minnesota’s premier legislative and political forum. Each breakfast unites compelling, well-known speakers and state legislators with more than 150 business leaders from across the Twin Cities. Members are invited to attend Legislative Breakfasts held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place at 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration for Legislative Breakfast attendance is required.
The series strikes a balance between public policy and intriguing dialogue while presenting the opportunity to develop strong relationships with TwinWest region legislators and public officials.
Some of the big names and featured topics from past Legislative Breakfasts include: Governor Mark Dayton; a session preview with House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders; Congressman Erik Paulsen; political insights from the Chair of the House Transportation Committee Rep. Mike Beard; and the always entertaining and insightful session wrap-up panel with moderator Tom Hauser from KSTP’s “At Issue.”
Business Day at the Capitol
TwinWest joins the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Chambers of Commerce from across the state, at Minnesota Business Day at the Capitol. This day is set aside to provide all sizes and types of Minnesota companies the opportunity to see the Legislature in action and to influence public policy decisions. Over 500 business leaders gather for a day of education and lobbying at the Capitol.
TwinWest business leaders hear from Legislative Leadership and the Governor on what priorities are being addressed and what impacts they will have on the business community. Public policy experts take participants through a quick pro-business priorities session to help educate members on pending legislation and initiatives. TwinWest then plans a session for members devoted to meeting with local area legislators to have a dialogue on the Business Agenda and specific policy interests of the business community. Registration for Business Day at the Capitol is required.
TwinWest Business Councils
TwinWest hosts three local Business Councils. The Crystal/New Hope Business Council, chaired by Pat Bedell of Sign-A-Rama, the Plymouth Business Council, chaired by Jeff Wosje of Bremer Bank - Plymouth, and the St. Louis Park Business Council, chaired by Dan Goldman of TwinRealty Investment Co., offer monthly meetings to engage in conversations on timely topics with city, school, county, and state public officials. The Crystal/New Hope Business Council meets on the third Thursday every month at Liberty Diversified International in New Hope from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Plymouth Business Council meets the second Tuesday of every month at WestHealth, Inc. in Plymouth from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The St. Louis Park Business Council meets at the Wolfe Lake Professional Center in St. Louis Park on the first Thursday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. No registration is required. Check TwinWest's online events calendar for meeting schedule updates or cancellations.
State of the City Events
Each year, TwinWest hosts State of the City events with area cities during the months of February through March. These events offer TwinWest members the opportunity to hear about important issues facing local communities directly from city officials. It’s a great chance to meet the mayor, city council members, and city staff to learn more about issues impacting budgets, development, transportation projects, parks and recreation programs, public safety, and other timely topics. No registration is required.
TwinWest offers many ways to become involved in our many public affairs and business advocacy programs, including:
• Government Affairs Committee (which develops our annual
• Legislative Breakfast series
• Business Councils
• Business Day at the Capitol
• Inside Politics series
• Southwest Transitway Alliance
• Annual Trip to Washington D.C.
Or, read the results of TwinWest's monthly poll on current legislative issues through our Business Ballot, distributed each month to TwinWest members and legislators at our Legislative Breakfasts.