Advocacy Center

The Greater Akron Chamber advocacy center serves to provide information and updates on key policy issues facing the business community

GAC Community Projects Task Force

To help ensure our region gets its fair share of state funding for priority projects, the Greater Akron Chamber convened a working group of key stakeholders to gather, review and prioritize regional projects seeking funding from the State Capital Budget and One-Time Strategic Community Investments Fund (OTSCIF). 

The work of the GAC's Community Projects Task Force is complete, and will be submitting our list of priority projects to the Ohio Legislature, Administration, and OBM. If you have questions about this process and any relevant next steps, please contact John Rizzo, Vice President of Government Affairs.

Below are the relevant forms that applicants need to submit a project directly to the legislature, which is a necessary part of this legislative process. PLEASE NOTE the House's deadline is Monday, December 18th and the Senate's deadline is Monday, April 8th.  To identify your legislator and relevant contact information, CLICK HERE

Legislative Radar

Find more information and track the status of our current legislative priorities

Senate Bill 12

This legislation would establish a veteran-owned business enterprise certification program and allow duly certified veteran-owned business enterprises to compete for purchases set aside by state agencies. The proposed 5% set aside would be in addition to other existing set asides for other businesses certified through the Ohio Department of Development.

Senate Bill 60

This legislation would amend sections of the Revised Code to license certified mental health assistants.

House Bill 23 

This is the biennial transportation budget that is responsible for making appropriations for fiscal years 2024 and 2025 and providing authorization and conditions for the operation of its related programs.

House Bill 33

This legislation represents the State of Ohio’s biennial main operating budget which appropriates funding and otherwise directs all necessary administrative and service functions of state government.

House Joint Resolution 1 

This is a resolution to amend the Ohio Constitution to require a vote of at least 60% of the electors to approve any constitutional amendment and to modify the procedures for an initiative petition proposing a constitutional amendment.

For more information on the Greater Akron Chamber's advocacy efforts, contact John Rizzo at