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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
September 10, 2014

In this September 10, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Supporting Bills that Help Address Homelessness
Hawaii's Air National Guard Adds to State's Economy
Share Your Company News & Discounts
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

One of the priorities in the Chamber’s first-ever business package that was introduced in the 2014 Legislature was Early Childhood Education. The Chamber continues to support this issue, which will be facing a critical vote in this year’s General Election. Voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment for early education programs. On the ballot, voters will have a choice of either accepting or rejecting a proposed amendment to allow the state to fund partnerships with private preschools to increase the percentage of four-year-olds attending to a statewide goal of 85%.
 
The Chamber, working through our Workforce Development and Education Committee, SUPPORTS the amendment because we recognize that building the 21st century workforce begins early. Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed by five years old. Presently, roughly 50% of Hawaii’s keiki don’t receive any early learning experience before entering kindergarten. We need to ensure that our keiki have the head start they need to be ready for the increasingly competitive global market. Furthermore, every dollar invested in early learning translates into, at least, a $4.20 return for Hawaii. This is also an opportunity to develop public-private partnerships, which can be one of the most cost-effective and best ways to solve community problems.    
 
Yesterday, the Chamber participated in the Yes on 4 Campaign Launch to reinforce our support of Early Childhood Education programs. We encourage you to be a part of this initiative and invest in our keiki by voting Yes on 4. For more information, please click here.  

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Supporting Bills that Help Address Homelessness

The City & Council of Honolulu will be hearing two bills: Bill 42 prohibits sitting or lying on public sidewalks while Bill 43 CD1 prohibits urinating and defecating in public areas. The Chamber has expressed support of these two bills as first steps in addressing a major social issue in Hawaii. These are only some of the tools, along with support services, that will be needed to address this problem.

Proposed EPA Water Rule Impacts Small Businesses
In April, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to define the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This rule will affect small entities who need to determine whether or not their activities require authorization and/or permits under CWA. Read more and submit comments here.

Hawaii's Air National Guard Adds to State's Economy

The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) commander, Brigadier General Ryan Okahara, briefed Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Representative Karl Rhoads and MAC members on August 28, 2014. The Hawaii National Guard (Army and Air) traces its roots to the Militia Act of 1854. HIANG was established in 1946 and is the 9th largest Air National Guard in the United States, employing a full time staff of nearly 800 and total complement of 2,400 across Hawaii.
 
HIANG’s 154th Wing is the largest in the Air National Guard and is the only non-active unit to lead an F-22 Raptor unit, the Air Force’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft.
 
HIANG completed $129 million in construction projects from FFY10 – 13, has $58 million in projects in process and has $40 million programmed for future projects (FFY 2014 – 2020). All of HIANG’s construction projects meet the LEED Silver standard at a minimum.
 
Mahalo to HIANG, a critical part of our military in Hawaii. 

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.


Share Your Company News & Discounts

We’ve launched a Member News section on our website to highlight our members and provide you with easy access to member discounts, events and job postings. We encourage members to submit news and information —whether it be accolades and awards your company has received, new developments and projects, or new hires you’d like to welcome on board. We also welcome information about upcoming company events, job openings and member discount offers. To benefit from this promotional opportunity, please email Bianca Mordasini with your company news.
 
As a reminder, we encourage all Chamber members to display the Chamber Member logo on your company website and materials, at your retail and office location(s) and even in your email signature. The graphic can be downloaded here. We will also be mailing new Chamber Member window decals soon. 

Check out our Member Spotlights.
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