Legislative Initiatives

The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of business in Brunswick and Glynn County, and on behalf of the business interests of its members.

Our Current Initiatives Include:

2022 TOP PRIORITY – Secure Funding for Coastal Pines Technical College Expansion

A SAFE COMMUNITY

  • Support Glynn County’s request for a regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Support funding for the implementation of traffic calming processes to make the Bay Street corridor pedestrian friendly.
  • Support for EPA/EPD initiatives and Brownfield clean-up projects.
  • Support directing resources and support for workforce development through the Department of Labor and ensure that funds are properly directed to local communities through the WIOA program.
  • Support state bond investment in bridges and maintain or increase earmarked funding for local bridges.
  • Guarantee Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) maintains current traffic flow on Sea Island Road while the bridge over Dunbar Creek is being replaced.
  • Support funding to address Sea Level Rising (SLR) projects.
  • Support funding for mental health crisis in Georgia.

A PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY

  • Continue to support funding for transportation projects in Glynn County to enhance economic development opportunities and evacuation routes.
  • Continue to support and fund rural broadband expansion.
  • Amend the Taxpayer Bill of Rights to allow for plain language.
  • Protect Georgia’s Lodging Tax from redirection.
  • Support funding to create affordable housing and workforce housing initiatives for public service employees, like police officers and educators, especially in downtown Brunswick.
  • Support expansion of the Port of Brunswick.
  • Support and fund key improvements of the main State entrance gateways along I-95 corridor.
  • Support legislation that provides enhanced funding and economic development incentives to regional economic development entities, such as Southeast Georgia Development Authority.
  • Support funding for infrastructure improvement to locally owned industrial sites.

A COMMUNITY COMMITTED TO PLANNED AND MANAGED GROWTH

  • Support local and state efforts to have a comprehensive management plan and funding mechanism to fortify and stabilize vulnerable shoreline areas on the Georgia coast.
  • Expansion of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LITHC) program to include infill housing.
  • Expansion of Georgia Dream Homeownership Program.
  • Support local community efforts to ensure MSA designation stays intact under current law.
  • Support additional funding for Pre-K programs.

A DESIRED LOCATION TO LIVE AND VISIT

  • Support funding for Jekyll Island Authority capital improvement.
  • Support the current Certificate of Need (CON) Program to help support hospitals, especially during the pandemic.
  • Support funding for hospitals that have incurred losses due to the pandemic.
  • Support efforts to ensure that affordable health insurance coverage is available to our citizens.
  • Support funding to create programs to address systemic poverty and homelessness.
  • Support the reactivation of the State Historic Preservation Tax Incentives to foster the adaptive re-use of historic structures for modern use.
  • Support funding initiatives to combat chronic blight.
  • Support Coastal Georgia Greenway – Bicycle Path Funding.
  • Support funding for a state-of-the art lifesaving station for East Beach as part of the proposed Coast Guard Beach Park on St. Simons Island. 

A Snapshot History of Our Accomplishments Include:

  • Advance Completion I-95 (exit 36 to 29)
  • Funding for I-95 Welcome Center
  • Lobbied for establishment of jet air service in Brunswick
  • Initial Interstate Exits Logo Program experimentation in Georgia at I-95 Exit 36
  • Retention of 912 area code
  • Newcastle Street median beautification program
  • Brunswick’s Liberty Ship Park
  • Overhead signage program
  • Establishment and Expansion of FLETC
  • Establishment of College of Coastal Georgia’s four-year institution status
  • Establishment and promotion of Golden Isles Career Academy
  • Establishment and promotion of Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Signalization Safety Projects
  • Initial funding for K-9 programs for City and County
  • Jekyll Island Revitalization
  • State Developmental Highway Program to Widen US Hwy 82 and US Hwy 341
  • Sidney Lanier Bridge Replacement

Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce

1505 Richmond Street, Second Floor
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 265-0620
info@bgicoc.com

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