Apr 09, 2018 | Community Impact

Make a Difference

At the recent Grounds for Success program with Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, one of the best questions asked was how the region’s young professionals can play a role in the success of the city.

The answer is somewhat simple: be informed and get involved. Being part of EPIC is a great first step in becoming more informed about the issues impacting the region. EPIC also provides a pathway for individuals to get involved and do something positive.

So what are three ways for you can get involved?

  1. Volunteer to serve on a city or county board or commission.There are dozens of boards and commissions designed to provide opportunities for residents to advise city and county officials on the policies that will make our community and region to be an attractive place to live and work. Boards & Commissions

  2. Contact your City Council member.It only takes a minute to call or email your city council representative and let them know how you feel about an issue. It can be as big as supporting regional water to getting as small as getting a pot hole fixed in front of your home. Members of City Council need to hear from you on the issues important to you, your friends, and your family.Whether you live or work in Toledo, the decisions made by City Council have an impact on your quality of life. It is important for council members to understand the benefits and consequences of their actions, or inaction.
  3. Vote.Voting only takes a few minutes and happens a two or three times a year, but it is one of the most important things you can do to impact change in your community.Not registered to vote? Today is the deadline for the May primary. Just go to MyOhioVote.com to find out if you are registered to vote at your current address or to update your registration.

Whether it is serving on a board, contacting your elected representative or casting your opinion at the ballot box, make your voice heard. It is only through your active participation that the change you want to see will actually happen.

Interested in what is happening in Columbus? Join us for our annual legislative luncheon in Columbus on April 18. This is a chance to meet with state legislators and understand what they are doing on your behalf. This year we will also be meeting with the director of the opiate task force and tax commissioner. We will also be hearing from Urban Meyer, head football coach of The Ohio State University Buckeye football team. Registration is available on the Chamber’s website.

The Chamber’s Advocacy & Public Policy department is available to help get the information you need on the issues or connecting your with your representatives. Please contact Brian Dicken, vice president of advocacy & public policy, at brian.dicken@toledochamber.com or 419-243-8191 if we can be of assistance.

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