Connections – Finding common ground

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 :: Connections
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer
Shannon Full, president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, speaks at a previous Legislative Dialogue Breakfast. The next breakfast is planned for Feb. 17.

Shannon Full, president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, speaks at a previous Legislative Dialogue Breakfast. The next breakfast is planned for Feb. 17.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chambers Coalition hosts its 2014 Legislative Dialogue Breakfast Feb. 17, bringing community leaders and elected officials together over a hot meal to discuss ways to warm Wisconsin’s business climate.

The event, which has been conducted by the coalition for 12 years, serves as a meeting ground for members of the chambers and community leaders in business, government and education. Gov. Scott Walker has confirmed he will attend and other elected officials have been invited.

“When dealing with legislative matters we have found there is very little difference in the positions taken by our business community and those in Green Bay, Oshkosh or Appleton,” says Joseph Reitemeier, president and CEO of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. “In fact it has helped a great deal when we are speaking to area legislators when we can say that our position is the same as the other business communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin.”

Reitemeier says coalition members plan to discuss issues facing the workforce, elections, taxation and regulation, transportation, economic development and human resources. The meeting will not be used to discuss specific legislation.

“The agenda is meant to share our business members’ concerns in a broader context,” says Thom Ciske, vice president of government affairs for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. “As an example, in the area of workforce development, the coalition supports a statewide program to recruit and retain skilled/talented employees to Wisconsin.”

The coalition will also use the event to recognize Wisconsin politicians who have backed pro-business legislation by awarding them with the 2014 Northeast Wisconsin Chambers Coalition Friend of Business Award.

The coalition includes members from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce and the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. They represent more than 5,000 businesses, which in turn, employ more than 300,000 Wisconsin residents.

“Activity at the state capital is ongoing and fluid,” says Reitemeier. “We need to stay connected to our elected leaders so they can do their job representing us in the best possible way. I have yet to meet a representative or a senator that did not want to help make Wisconsin a better place.”


THURSDAY, FEB. 27: Insight’s fifth annual InDevelopment conference will be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton. Keynote is Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces. Call Insight Publications at (920) 882-0491, or go to to register.


TUESDAY, MARCH 4: The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt, Green Bay. For more information, visit


THURSDAY, MARCH 6: The St. Norbert College CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series presents Kate Burgess, CEO of Fulfillnet in Green Bay. The event is at St. Norbert College, De Pere at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $60. To register, contact Jamie McGuire at [email protected]


THURSDAY, MARCH 20: The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host its Cultivate: Business Growth Series event from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk. For more information, visit

Legislative Dialogue Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 17

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah.

Cost: $20

Register online: