Government Affairs Council
The Mission of the Government Affairs Council is to unify the voice of business in Fayette County on legislative issues, developing pro-active positions on key community issues in general and specifically those which impact the business and professional community.
Objectives: Provide updates on recent legislation, assisting members to understand how proposed legislation may affect their business; Meet with and provide access to/interaction with elected officials, communicating the Chamber’s position on specific issues (local, state, and federal levels); Recommend membership action on specific issues; Plan/Coordinate quarterly briefings on topics of importance to members; Review legislation affecting area business and economic development and propose a unified position to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for approval, with particular emphasis on tax reform legislation and regional initiatives; Plan/Coordinate Candidate Forums for primary and general elections.
FYPN offers opportunities to demonstrate your work ethic and qualifications beyond a practical skill set. Volunteering with FYPN also gives you a chance to demonstrate how you interact with others and handle professional responsibilities. FYPN has an instant connection to seasoned business professionals through the Fayette Chamber of Commerce that know how to keep cash flow in black, plus more. Through our partnership with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, FYPN offers activities from economic and legislative forums to community service activities to social events. FYPN also offer the benefits of having an organization that does half of the work for you. Fayette Young Professionals is organized around the theme of being young (which is almost always the advantage) and motivated enough to advance professionally.
Fayette County Tourism Alliance
The mission of the Fayette County Tourism Alliance is to actively pursue initiatives that will create and enhance our tourist industry in order to support sustainable economic growth. the objective is to provide ongoing support in the areas of education, training, marketing, and strategic partnerships. Additionally, the Alliance will pursue grassroots efforts regarding legislative initiatives. The Tourism Alliance is a great way to meet fellow representatives from the tourism industry. Structured as an "Alliance" under the auspices of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) organization, the group will have the ability to actively lobby for legislative actions. Additionally, the administrative agreement with The Redstone Foundation (the Chamber's non-profit arm), and The National Road Heritage Corridor, (both 501(c)(3) organizations), gives the group the ability to seek grant funds for project activity.
Fayette Business Education Partnership
The Fayette Business Education Partnership (FBEP) is a collaborative effort among the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, educators, legislators, and other community groups. Our coalition strengthens the relationships among entities in a neutral, facilitated environment to generate discussion. As businesses divest their core processes into high technology ventures (such as advanced manufacturing and robotics), a “new breed” of skilled employees is required to attract and retain these businesses in the County. Our focus has always been concentrated on our County’s High Priority Occupations List (HPO List) which is developed by the Department of Labor and Industry. We’ve dedicated a great deal of time to our STEAM jobs (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) and are working to find more ways to develop programming based on these occupations.
Along with acting as portal organization for interchange of information and ideas throughout the workforce community, we have created an aggressive program of action with a focus on assisting our schools with their 339 Career Pathways plans. The Chapter 339 plan is a comprehensive plan required by the PA School code which requires school districts to develop a guidance plan for every student K-12.
The Mission of the Fayette Business Education Partnership (FBEP) is to develop collaborative partnerships between business and education, and to assist partners in creating and sustaining workforce development activities throughout Fayette County. The FBEP is to be a community network that forms working relationships. Visit the Fayette Business Education Partnership website by clicking here!
Special Events Council
The Fayette Chamber’s Special Events Council is comprised of members from throughout the community with an interest in community events. The group meets on an ad hoc basis in the conference room at the Fayette Chamber office, starting meetings three to four months prior to the event.
The Mission of the Special Events Council is to promote the economic stability and general welfare of the Fayette Chamber by originating and implementing stimulating events, using sustainable methods that provide positive public relations for the Chamber and active members, enhance the quality of life in the community, and raise money for operating income to provide additional services to members.
Objectives: Encourage member participation in events such as sponsors, vendors, and volunteers; Plan/Implement events throughout the year, including but not limited to: Polar Bear Battles (February/March), Easter Egg Hunt (March/April); Oil & Gas Expo (May), Independence Day Event (June/July), Chamber Annual Picnic (August), Spirits of Fayette County Ghost Walks (October), and Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner.