Legislative Affairs Committee

Chamber Committees

Public Policy Committee

    Every 2nd     Monday at Noon
    Public Policy Chair:

         Barry Bergquist and Mike Gay









   Mission: Informing Chamber members and the community of public affairs/government issues and their impact.


2016 GOAL’s


  Educate our Chamber members and the community on public policy that will have an impact on our area.         


Public Policy Commitments:


v  Organize and participate in the Minnesota Chamber’s Business Day at the Capitol event annually and encourage additional participation.  Continue to meet the goal of renting a coach bus for the day event every other year in collaboration with the Leadership Program. 

v  Co-host election forums with CAT-7, Pine Journal, WKLK and other media as needed to keep Chamber Members and the community informed of local, regional and state elections.

v  Work with Chamber Staff to keep up-to-date information on the Public Policy Committee web-page.

v  Represent the Chamber business community on public policy that will have an impact on our area and on Chamber members.

v  Participate in the appropriate MN Chamber sponsored events such as:  Session Priorities Dinner, MN Chamber Annual Meeting, Regional Policy Meetings etc.

v  Review and make recommendations concerning the Minnesota Chamber’s Federation Partnership and Legislative Policy positions.

v  Continually focus on committee growth and recruitment efforts. 

v  Invite speakers to the monthly meetings to inform and educate our committee members.

v Host or co-host information luncheons three times per year. 

v  Fact Sheet – utilizing Chamber marketing to inform members with the facts on issues related to our community, County and State.

v  Encourage qualified candidates to seek public office.

Committee Members:

Barry Bergquist - Bergquist Imports & Gifts
Alan Birman - Cloquet Ford Chrysler
Renee Birman - Cloquet Ford Chrysler
John McKinney - Best Oil/Little Stores
Pete Radosevich - Attorney at Law
Mark Roberts - Up North Inspection Services
Ken Scarbrough - Cloquet Public Schools, ISD 94
Dick Vukonich - Cloquet Constructors

Mike Gay - Frandsen Bank & Trust

Mike Line - BPC LLC

Marianne Bohren - WLSSD

Sherry Sanchez - Tibbetts - FDLTCC

Judd Selland - Taco Johns/Steak Escape

Committee Activities:
Candidate Forums
Business Day at the Capitol
Legislative session conference calls
Ad hoc local / area issue advocacy
Session priority meetings
Legislative dinner
Regular contact with local and state elected officials


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