Chamber advocates for members

As the sign ordinance is a work in progress, the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce remains at the forefront, bringing together those who are concerned about the proposed sign ordinance and attending the September Planning Commission meeting.

“One of the things a Chamber does is advocate for member businesses,” said Portage Chamber Executive Director Marianne Hanson. “With the many individual phone calls and emails we received about the ordinance, naturally the next step was to arrange a gathering of members as a unified voice.”

The proposed sign ordinance is the latest in a string of recent instances where the Portage Chamber has advocated for businesses. In September, Hanson twice testified before a committee at the State Capitol in support of Wine Walks. Earlier this year, the city tackled garbage pickup, setting forth new guidelines; Hanson fielded calls from members, attended meetings, informed members about proposed changes to garbage pickup and solicited feedback.

The Portage Chamber will remain steadfast in advocating on behalf of membership on future issues that are important to them. “That is one terrific benefit of being a Chamber member,” Hanson said. “As a group we are a unified business voice coming together to voice concerns on issues. We keep our members informed of the issues pertinent to them and invite them to the table to hopefully reach an amenable resolution.”

The outlook is that the sign ordinance will continue to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future. But the overwhelming bright side is that our Chamber has members who are very passionate about their business and their community. Fortunately, we couldn’t make a sign large enough to proclaim that message.

Brad Conrad
graphics@portagewi.com
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