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MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle to Keynote DeKalb Chamber 79th Annual Meeting

MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle to Keynote DeKalb Chamber 79th Annual Meeting

DECATUR, Ga., – Jan. 10, 2017 – With a Constitutional Amendment authorizing a destination casino resorts in sight for the 2017 legislative session, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has invited MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle to serve as the keynote speaker of its 79th Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place on February 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta.

Mr. Hornbuckle will discuss MGM Resorts International and what a destination casino resort could mean for Georgia. If the Legislature and then voters approve the Constitutional Amendment, MGM Resorts has expressed interest in developing a truly unique resort in the Atlanta metropolitan area creating thousands of jobs and generating tens of millions of dollars in annual spending with local businesses.

“We look forward to hearing about MGM Resorts’ potential plans for Georgia, as these plans may shape our ability to support the HOPE Scholarship; create new jobs and revenue sources; and attract new business to the state,” said Katerina Taylor, President and CEO of DeKalb Chamber.

During the 2016 legislative session, similar legislation was approved by the House Regulated Industries Committee, but was stalled. Rep. Ron Stephens, who sponsored the 2016 legislation, plans to introduce a similar one in January, which if passed by the Legislature, would allow for a statewide referendum whereby voters would decide if local communities can opt in to hosting destination casino resorts.

Early bird tickets to the event are $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to register, please visit bit.ly/dcoc79am.

For a headshot and bio of Bill Hornbuckle, please click here. Credentialed media interested in attending may RSVP by contacting Emily Yang at eyang@dekalbchamber.org or 470-355-7823.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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2019 Legislative Agenda

2019 Legislative Agenda

The DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level, regional and, as needed, at the state and federal levels. The Chamber uses four pillars in considering positions on issues.

Pillar 1: Maintain and grow opportunities for existing and future DeKalb County businesses

State

  • Support economic development tools that encourage investment in DeKalb County, enhancing Georgia’s global competitiveness and creating more jobs
  • Build an attractive DeKalb entrepreneurial ecosystem for venture and seed capital through support of Invest Georgia and other programs
  • Support Smart Tax Reform Policies the help businesses grow, and support infrastructure
  • Support Entertainment and Film Tax Credits to increase revenue and workforce from the film industry

County

  • Ensure DeKalb County’s image for being a safe place to live, work and play is maintained
  • Support the CEO in ensuring that SPLOST funds allocated as designated
Pillar 2: Reduce the cost of doing business

State

  • Support ongoing examination of the current tax base, tax rates, and compliance requirements to ensure a Georgia business environment that is fair and competitive

County

  • Support Decide DeKalb in attracting businesses that are exploring or establishing their site in DeKalb County. Support County wide commitment to retain and expand existing businesses.
  • Continue to encourage DeKalb County to improve systems so that they are more accessible to businesses, both in-person during business hours as well as online options
Pillar 3: Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements to further enhance DeKalb’s 

State – TRANSPORTATION

  • Improve Georgia’s infrastructure through maximizing current revenue sources and increasing overall funding for transportation
  • Support transportation service coordination to address the transit needs of DeKalb and metro Atlanta riders which should include representation of all applicable stakeholders
  • Support investments in alternate forms of transportation to provide DeKalb and metro Atlanta commuters a choice of transportation modes to meet their transportation needs
  • Support legislation that will benefit transportation for the advancement of the region

County – TRANSPORTATION

  • Support I-285/400 Interchange Project
  • Support Hard Rail expansion along the I-20 Corridor and Emory/CDC
  • Support DeKalb County Community Improvement Districts
  • Support Aviation legislation that allows PDK to grow and expand to meet the needs of current and prospective DeKalb Businesses
  • Hold ATL Transit board updates with 2 elected board members

State – WATER

  • Support the continued management of our region’s water resources to meet the needs of metro Atlanta’s growing population and businesses
  • Support the continued review and update of regulations and laws, as well as funding to ensure adequate sources of clean water for metro Atlanta’s future growth and quality of life
  • Support existing state laws and regulations that protect downstream river flows when new or expanded water withdrawals occur, and the authority given to the Department of Natural Resources in the State Water Plan to review inter-basin transfer regulations when necessary

          County – WATER

  • Support revenue sources designed and dedicated to improving DeKalb’s water and sewer systems
Pillar 4: Support policy that builds, attracts and retains a skilled workforce

State

  • Ensure K-12, Technical College System of Georgia and University System of Georgia institutions have sufficient funding to improve student outcomes
  • Support local school systems autonomy and flexibility to control spending of state dollars
  • Support statewide legislation for career and college readiness so that DeKalb students can fully engage in post-secondary opportunities/training
  • Support programs designed to develop our workforce of tomorrow

As House and Senate bills are introduced during the 2020 Legislative Session, the DeKalb Chamber will evaluate and monitor legislation that impacts our members and how to move forward.  As a result, the Chamber may elect to make amendments to this Legislative Agenda, which will be made available to our Board and Chamber Members.