The Chamber has a number of rich and rewarding volunteer opportunities. You'll not only grow personally and professionally when you volunteer, you'll make a lot of new friends and business associates. Find a committee that addresses your passion and sign on!
Staff liaisons: Jackie Chambers Bond, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 127 and Tammy Jensen, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 134
Chair: Berny Frenzer, Quarles & Brady LLP
Meets: Fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Tucson Metro Chamber Board Room. (no meetings in November and December)
The Amassadors regularly meet with new members to ensure they have all they need to maximize their Chamber membership. Ambassador volunteers also greet members at Chamber events and conduct those important ribbon cuttings. There is no question that members of the Ambassadors lead the league in fun!
Economic Development Committee
Staff liaison: Michael Varney, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 131
Chair: Bill Assenmacher, CAID Industries
The Tucson Metro Chamber’s Economic Development Committee is working hard to support local companies and grow new ones. Healthy local companies translate into well-paying jobs for local families. The Chamber’s economic development agenda includes the following initiatives:
• Improving the interface between government and business in important areas such as zoning, permitting and building inspections.
• Promoting the development of Tucson’s downtown urban core.
• Solving problems faced by local companies so they don’t
relocate to other cities.
• Promoting the growth of emerging businesses
• Promoting a local purchasing preference by local government
Government Affairs Committees
Staff liaison: Robert Medler, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 129
Chair: Larry Lucero, Tucson Electric Power
Meets: Third Thursday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the Tucson Metro Chamber Board Room.
Having a bird's eye view of policy and political landscapes is an absolute must in today's business climate. The Tucson Metro Chamber's Government Affairs committee carefully monitors legislative processes and analyzes proposals, ordinances and bills brought before lawmakers at the local, state and federal level. The committee focuses on:
- Transportation and Infrastructure needs
- Employment, workforce and insurance
- Tax climate and regulatory requirements
- Initiatives and referendums efforts
- International trade and tourism
Chair: Sherry Downer, Fennemore Craig
Meets: As needed pursuant to electoral calendar.
The Candidate Evaluation Committee interviews candidates and analyzes their background, qualifications and postures with respect to Chamber issues affecting the membership. Members disseminate candidate positions to Chamber membership and report the results of the candidate evaluations to the Chamber's political action committee.
To volunteer for Candidate Evaluation, political party registration and any campaign affiliation must be disclosed.
Military Affairs Committee (MAC)
Staff liaison: Shirley Wilka, CPS (520) 792-2250, Ext. 132
Chair: Ellen Jimenez, Radisson Suites Tucson
The mission of the Military Affairs Committee is to build and maintain bridges of understanding and cooperation between military and civilian communities within Tucson and Southern Arizona.
The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) has been a standing committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber since 1929 when the Chamber's Aviation Committee maintained the Pilot's Register at Davis-Monthan Aviation Field - the first municipal aviation field in the United States.
MAC is proud to support all military installations in Tucson, to include U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps. and U.S. Navy.
The United States Air Force has a major presence in Tucson and Southern Arizona. So does the 162nd Air National Guard Fighter Wing. Our men and women in service to our country deserve the support of the business community. Military Affairs Committee activities include attendance at important military functions and workshops to help small businesses do more with the $1.8 billion of economic impact the Air Force and Air National Guard brings to our community.
Staff Liaison: Shirley Wilka (520) 792-2250 X 132
The Tucson Metro Chamber Safety Committee assists businesses in lowering their workers compensation costs. Committee members work with staff to provide information on safety issues and hold safety seminars. The Safety Committee meets on a quarterly basis to exchange ideas and solutions for safety issues.
Small Business Advisory Council
Staff liaison: Jason Cook (520) 792-2250 X 158
Chair: Eugene Carter, Edward Carter and Associates
Meets: Third Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. in the Tucson Metro Chamber Board Room
The Chamber has special programs in place to help small businesses grow into bigger businesses. The Small Business Advisory Council is comprised of small business owners who are completing a program to help the Chamber identify programs, products and services needed by small businesses.
New Connections Sub-Committee
Chair: Brian Woods, Southwest Print and Promotions
Meets: First Wednesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (locations vary monthly)
The New Connections Sub-Committee is responsible for hosting monthly Chamber XChange networking events. At every Chamber XChange members of the Tucson Metro Chamber gather purely just for fun -- and to make some important new connections. Chamber XChanges are a relaxed and informal way to expand your network of contacts and referrals. Many executives use Chamber XChanges in place of cold calling because making new connections is so easy
Workforce Readiness and Education Committee
Staff liaison: Michael Varney, (520) 792-2250, Ext. 131
Chair: Thom Redicks
Provides workforce development programs to link business with education. The committee promotes higher education with selection of annual scholarships awarded through the Tucson Center for Cultural Enrichment. Members are kept abreast of current local and state legislation impacting education in the community. Initiatives include:
• Promoting accurate and objective education metrics
• Identifying ways to create better alignment of education output and private sector employment needs
• Creating an alignment program with education and business partners
• Promoting greater high school graduation rates by collaborating on a multi-media campaign to encourage high school students to graduate
• Creating higher education opportunities through the Tucson Center for Cultural Enrichment scholarship program
• Identifying and supporting improved educational opportunities