Chamber Launches to Promote Civic Activism

Release date: 4/19/2010

The Greater Memphis Chamber has launched a new Web site,, to increase civic engagement and participation in politics and legislation.

The-Chamber/Who-We-Are.aspxThe site will feature links to local, state and federal voting requirements, downloadable registration forms, information on standing officials and candidates running for office, and current election issues. It will also feature spotlight issues as determined by the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Review Committee and legislative agenda with a call to action for citizens to voice their opinion by contacting officials directly.

The site features a section dedicated to “Voter Resources.” From this section, visitors can receive a listing of all elected officials specific to their district, complete with links to official Web sites and contact information. This section includes listings for current elections, the candidates running for election and voter registration information, including early, absentee and overseas voting. Visitors can also download educational resources, such as government organizational charts and qualification guides for all Tennessee elected officials.

Key items from the Chamber’s state and federal legislative agendas will be routinely spotlighted on including: a description of the issue, current legislation directly affecting the issue, the Chamber’s position on the issue, and a request for visitors to register in the “Legislative Action Center.” By registering, visitors will be able to create a letter or email message to send directly to the appropriate public officials involved in the legislative process.

“VoteforMemphis is there to serve the entire community,” said John Moore, President & CEO for the Greater Memphis Chamber. “We want it to be a vehicle that not only educates our population on important legislative issues, but, also allows them to learn more about the people we elect and the offices they hold that serve us.”

The Chamber is encouraging the public to visit the site, educate themselves about current legislative issues, take advantage of the resources available for download and become involved in the legislative process by contacting key officials directly through the “Legislative Action Center.”

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.