Executive Director Message: Leadership, Advocacy and a Strong, United Voice
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) is a non-profit member organization that exists to provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawai'i. Recently, I attended Hawaii Community Foundation's conference in Honolulu titled Advancing Non-Profit Excellence with a focus on advocacy. The information was timely and relevant as a special session was called at the state legislature this week about funding the Honolulu rail project.
KKCC has supplied testimony and reached out to government representatives in opposition to raising the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) to fund the Honolulu rail project. KKCC supports the equitable distribution of TAT to the counties of Hawai'i (see full article). This is just one example of how KKCC provides advocacy for a successful business environment in the Kona and Kohala regions of the island of Hawai'i.
With over 500 members, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce is a strong united voice representative of a variety of industries in the region including agriculture, construction, retail, technology, tourism, service businesses and more. By coordinating different constituencies in a spirit of cooperation, KKCC advocates on issues that pertain to our local economy and the West Hawai'i community.
Chamber members are encouraged to present issues or concerns through committees. Committee participation is open to all members. Through cooperation and consensus, the outcome of committee work provides a strong collective voice that may not be achieved otherwise.
The primary committee that generates Chamber initiatives is the Economic Development Committee (EDC). Members share information relevant to the commerce of our area such as airport modernization, homelessness, culture and astronomy, taxes, water supply and more. The EDC also collaborates with the Sustainability Committee on issues such as polystyrene, waste water and coral reef health. Recommendations from committees then go the KKCC Board of Directors for deliberation, referring back, or approval.