By MATT BLOIS
Williamson County’s business community will have a chance to meet with state legislators on capitol hill at a Williamson Inc. event in February.
The Williamson County chamber of commerce plans to bring a group of 50 to 60 people to the Tennessee State Capitol on February 5. The event includes a tour of the capitol and a panel with local legislators.
Williamson Inc. CEO Matt Largen said the trip is designed to connect legislators with members of the business community. He’s hoping legislators will be able to consult constituents in the business community about upcoming bills.
“The reason we’re doing this is to really help our business community understand how our delegation advocates on behalf of Williamson County,” he said. “And using it to really connect our business community as a resource for our elected officials when they’re proposing bills or debating legislation that could impact business in Williamson County.”
Williamson Inc. Director of Government Affairs Kel McDowell said the panel in February will focus mainly on making connections between business leaders and elected officials rather than specific issues.
“What is the best way for the business community connect with our elected officials? What’s the best way to communicate their views?” McDowell said. “What’s the best way to tap into the expertise we do have within our community here and really have a strong two way street there between our delegation and our business and community leaders here.”
The legislature started its 2019 session on the second Tuesday in January and legislators haven’t started discussing some of the most polemic topics yet.
Once the legislature starts, Williamson Inc. plans to host a town hall event each month to discuss specific issues that legislators are considering.
This is the first time that the chamber is hosting a trip to the capitols, and McDowell said the trip is already popular. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were only a few spots left. Once the event fills up the chamber will start a waiting list.
McDowell said this event won’t the be last trip to capitol hill for Williamson Inc. He said the chamber is already thinking about how to improve the event for next year.