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Iowa Compact

Chaaron Pearson on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am 
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On Tuesday, Dec. 13 The Greater Des Moines Partnership helped launch the Iowa Compact focusing on uniting a diverse group of statewide partners to call for smart immigration reform. Utah, Indiana, and Maine have launched similar initiatives. Chambers in all 4 states have been key leaders in these efforts. The event has garnered significant national attention.

The Iowa Compact follows a pre-made cookie cutter format that can easily be replicated in the 46 states that have yet to create a compact.

New Poll: Iowa Republican Likely Caucus-Goers Support Immigration Reform

About the Iowa Compact

Press Coverage:

How the First Caucus State is Offering a Sensible—and Popular—Solution on Immigration Reform
http://americasvoiceonline.org/blog/entry/how_iowa_is_fixing_the_conventional_wisdom/

The Gazette (Editorial): Find middle ground on immigration
December 14, 2011
http://thegazette.com/2011/12/14/find-middle-ground-on-immigration/

Des Moines Register: ‘Enforcement-only’ immigrant efforts could hurt Iowa economy, especially farming, say leaders
By Donnelle Eller
December 13, 2011
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/12/13/enforcement-only-immigrant-effprts-could-hurt-iowa-economy-especially-farming-say-leaders/

Salt Lake City Tribune: Iowa launches immigration compact similar to Utah’s
By David Montero
December 13, 2011
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/53107063-90/immigration-iowa-utah-compact.html.csp
Modeled after The Utah Compact, which was signed a little more than a year ago by key business, religious and political leaders, The Iowa Compact features similar language and goals. Lori Chesser, chair of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, ...

Quad City Times: Iowa group release initiative for stronger immigration policy
By Michael Wiser
December 13, 2011
http://www.qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/iowa-group-release-initiative-for-stronger-immigration-policy/article_c477ad88-25ee-11e1-9ed7-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1gW6aqZ4Y
She also serves as a chairwoman of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, a group that conducts research and provides briefs on immigration issues. “A lot of the detailed discussion still has to take place … we want to corral that debate. ...

Radio Iowa: Group calls on federal lawmakers to handle immigration reform
By Dar Danielson
December 13, 2011
http://www.radioiowa.com/2011/12/13/group-calls-on-federal-lawmakers-to-handle-immigration-reform/
A bipartisan group of business, law enforcement and religious leaders have formed what they call the “Iowa Compact” in a push for immigration reform. Members of the group spoke today on a conference call about the five key principles of the compact. ...

Public News Service: Local Leaders Sign "Iowa Compact" for Immigration Reform
December 14, 2011
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/23789-2

Des Moines Register: New bi-partisan Iowa group calling for “smart” immigration reform
By Jason Clayworth
December 12, 2011
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/12/12/new-bi-partisan-iowa-group-calling-for-smart-immigration-reform/

Des Moines Register: Group: See immigration as positive for economy
By Donnelle Eller and Jason Clayworth
December 12, 2011
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20111213/BUSINESS/312130036/Group-See-immigration-as-positive-for-economy

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Shaun Lumachi Memorial

Chaaron Pearson on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 12:00:00 am 
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On Dec. 3 the chamber and government relations profession lost a great friend, Shaun Lumachi, who was fatally injured in a car crash in Florida.

ACCE News: Chamber Community Mourns the Death of Shaun Lumachi

Shaun was a frequent contributor to ACCE, most recently as a workshop speaker at the convention in Los Angeles and a webinar presenter in October. Here is a round-up of his memorable posts and articles from his history as an ACCE contributor.

Blogs:
Advocacy Advice from Shaun Lumachi
Stop Hugging Elected Officials, Start Holding them Accountable
What’s So Tough About the Times?
Make Your Newsletter Matter

Articles:
On the Advocacy Field, Success Starts with Structure

A public celebration of Shaun’s life has been set for Dec. 17.

Tags: Advocacy, government relations, Lumachi, Shaun Lumachi

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What it Means When a Municipality Files Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

Chaaron Pearson on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:00:00 am 
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In the wake of Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, and Alabama’s largest county, Jefferson County, declaring bankruptcy, other communities may be looking to Chapter 9 bankruptcy to restructure debt.

Chapter 9 is the portion of the federal bankruptcy code that allows municipalities to seek court protection in the event of fiscal crisis. It is meant to ensure that basic government functions continue while policy makers restructure their debt. Only municipalities, not states, can file for Chapter 9. Municipal bankruptcies are very rare. Only about 620 municipalities have filed for bankruptcy since 1937 when Chapter 9 was added to the federal bankruptcy code. For more information on what happens after Chapter 9 is filed, how long Chapter 9 cases take and what changes a Chapter 9 filing brings to day-to-day life, visit Stateline.org’s article Municipal bankruptcy explained: What it means to file for Chapter 9.

Chambers Getting Involved

Eleven Pennsylvania chambers have joined together with other stakeholders to form Metro Chambers for Sustainable Cities. These chambers include Greater Reading, Harrisburg Regional, Lancaster, Greater Lehigh Valley, Greater Pittsburgh, Greater Wilkes-Barre, Monroeville Area, Williamsbport/Lycoming, York County, Allegheny Valley and Mon Valley Progress Council. The chambers are looking to make a difference in the future sustainability of their cities and to promote the success of their cities in Pennsylvania. The chambers decided to get involved because the business community regularly thinks regionally and long term, and chambers are skilled at advocacy on behalf of business. They believe: A Prosperous City = A Prosperous Economy = A Successful Business Climate

Other Sources:
Largest municipal bankruptcy ever prompts muted reaction elsewhere
Harrisburg bankruptcy sets up fight with state
Alabama’s Jefferson County enters biggest muni bankruptcy as crisis victim

Tags: Bankruptcy, Chamber Coalitions, Municipal Issues

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