GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS EVENTS
The mission of the Government & Public Affairs Department is to advocate policies and legislation that promote the economic prosperity of the Huntsville/Madison County region.
We work to protect and strengthen federal programs impacting the local economy, pursue the development of infrastructure that encourages business growth, and encourage a cooperative spirit with government officials at all levels.
STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
The Chamber of Commerce is delighted to provide the Mayor of the City of Huntsville a forum to present the State of the City Address to our community. Mayor Battle uses this opportunity to highlight the city’s progress in economic development and present his “annual report” to the citizens of Huntsville, highlighting the challenges from the past year and his outlook for the year ahead. The event is well attended with more than 1,000 representatives from business, government and nonprofit organizations attending.
STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS
This annual event provides Chairman Strong with an opportunity to update the business community on critical issues facing our county. His address will include his views on the past year’s progress on the issues that impact our region and his outlook for the year ahead.
This annual event provides leaders in the state government with an opportunity to update the Huntsville/Madison County business community on critical state business issues. The 2018 Update will come during an election year, and we plan to use this occasion to address progress on the issues that impact our region and provide an outlook for the year ahead. Through this update, the Chamber facilitates communication between the leaders in State Government and regional businesses. Approximately 800 Chamber members attend this event.
These annual events provides members of our Congressional Delegation with an opportunity to update the business community on critical issues facing our community. Their addresses will typically include their views on the past year’s progress on issues which impact our region, and their outlook for the year ahead. Through this update program, the Chamber facilitates communication between the Congress and regional businesses. Approximately 800 Chamber members attend these events.
Redstone Arsenal is the economic engine that powers roughly half of the Huntsville metro economy. For those of us who don’t work there, Redstone can be confusing with all of the acronyms, oddly named military commands and other lesser-known federal agencies. Those who are familiar with the Arsenal have few opportunities to learn about many of the other activities that lie outside their immediate area of responsibility. This event provides an opportunity for entities located on the Arsenal to update the business community on important activities and developments in their world.
Redstone is the nation’s nerve center for Army materiel management and a leading center for federal research and development. Redstone is the center of gravity for the Missile Defense Agency and the home of the Army’s aviation, missile, and missile defense programs and commands. It also serves as NASA’s nerve center for development of space exploration systems and space science. Significant FBI and ATF explosives research labs and test ranges are also located on Redstone Arsenal. Commands and Agencies located on Redstone are responsible for the efficient management of well over $50 billion in federal spending.
This annual event provides the community with an opportunity to celebrate our partnerships with the space, defense and homeland security agencies doing business on Redstone. Spend the evening on the banks of the Tennessee River and enjoy a delicious buffet of fresh Gulf seafood, an open bar and live music! Historically more than 300 government agency leaders and our community’s top business and elected leaders attend this event.
ARMED FORCES CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
To help the community celebrate the role that Redstone Arsenal plays in the defense of our nation and the economic impact that it has on our region, the Chamber is pleased to host a week-long Armed Forces Celebration. The Armed Forces Celebration luncheon is the signature event for the week.
Today Redstone is the home to more than 70 federal entities, including the Army’s Materiel Command and Commands managing the Army’s aviation, missile, missile defense, and space exploration programs.
Please join us for a very special celebration of Redstone Arsenal and its leadership.
ARMED FORCES CONCERT IN THE PARK
The Huntsville/Madison County Armed Forces Celebration is a week-long series of events demonstrating our community support for those serving our nation in the military. Celebration events include a concert and many special opportunities for the community to show its appreciation to our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Over the years the event has grown to include a special military-themed Concert in the Park and Fireworks Show, as a part of the City of Huntsville’s “Concert in the Park” series of events.
The Chamber’s annual trip to the Alabama Capitol provides an opportunity to meet with key leaders in state government and to remind them of the critical role they play in our success as a region. Past trips have included meetings with members of the Governor’s Cabinet and the leadership of the Alabama Legislature. Local businesses and elected leaders who participate find it an excellent opportunity to network with other community leaders and familiarize themselves with Montgomery and our critical state issues. The Montgomery Trip will be an overnight stay.
WASHINGTON DC TRIP
The Chamber’s Washington DC Trip is one of the largest Chamber DC Trips in the Nation. It provides an opportunity for the region’s movers and shakers to meet with our Congressional Delegation and key federal agency leaders to advance the critical issues included in our Federal Agenda.
Our itinerary includes two days of meetings, briefings, lunches, and receptions with members of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, NASA, military leaders, and other federal leaders impacting our region. More than 150 of North Alabama’s most successful business and elected leaders participated in the previous trip.