Government Relations

The Government Relations Committee of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at our offices in Torrington. The Committee works closely with the Chamber staff, regional legislators, and lobbyist Marshall Collins, who follows the activities of the State Legislature.

Among the activities of the Committee are the development of an annual Legislative Agenda, which is furnished to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for approval and then presented to the State Legislative Delegation from the Northwest Corner.

When appropriate, legislative alerts are distributed via email to Chamber membership.

Candidate forums are held in the fall prior to elections. Candidates for State Senate, State House of Representatives, Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress meet with Chamber members when it can be arranged. Following the state legislative session, a legislative reception is held to offer members a chance to speak one-on-one with their legislators and voice concerns on specific issues. The Chamber teams with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and its members to attend Connecticut Business Day in Hartford. This event, held each March, allows business people to speak with their state legislative delegation and hear the Governor address all attendees.

To find your state legislator, visit https://www.cga.ct.gov.