By. Neil Williamson, President
In our almost ten years of operation of the Free Enterprise Forum, it is conservatively estimated we have attended almost 3,000 hours of local government meetings. Some of these meetings have been well attended with wide media coverage and others where we have been the only person in the audience.
Our alphabet soup of regular attended local government meetings includes, but is not limited to: ACARB, ACPC, ACBOS, CBAR, CCC, CPC, FCBOS, FCPC, GCBOS, GCPC, LCBOS, LCPC, MPO, PACC, RSWA, RWSA, TJPDC. Extra points to anyone who can correctly name all the acronyms.
Why do we go to so many meetings? – so you don’t have to.
Time is money and you don’t have time to get up to speed on all the issues of each locality and attend their respective meetings — but you need to know what happened and how it impacts you and your enterprise. As the James Taylor song says “That’s Why I’m Here”.
It is important to recognize that we not only attend we participate. Our regular attendance at these meetings provides elected officials and staff an understanding of our commitment to these issues. Our pro business policy perspective has directly impacted the regulatory environment in every locality we serve.
This year, I was floored to be named “Citizen Planner Of the Year” By the City of Charlottesville Planning Commission. We are making a difference!
So I have to ask – How much is Three Thousand Hours worth to you?
The Free Enterprise Forum is a 501(c) 6 organization that relies on contributions from organizations, businesses and individuals to maintain operations.
As we approach the end of the year, we have not yet met our 2012 fundraising target.
Put ever so bluntly, will you put your money where my mouth is?
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Only with your support will the Free Enterprise Forum continue to be a strong voice in our community.
Neil Williamson is the President of The Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization covering the City of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson County.
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