State Chambers of Commerce are the leading voice of business in our states.
The Council of State Chambers (COSC) is the national organization for state chamber CEOs and their executive leadership. The purpose of COSC is to promote cooperation among state chambers of commerce, strengthen existing state chambers, and promote the extensions of the state chamber of commerce movement throughout the country.
37 State Chambers of Commerce Urge Congress to Make Infrastructure Investment a Top Priority
On February 15, 2018, the Council of State Chambers delivered a letter — signed by 37 state chambers — to congressional leaders urging the 115th Congress to make infrastructure investment a top priority. Thank you to all the chambers that joined the effort, led by the co-chairs of COSC's Transportation & Infrastructure Committtee, Seth Millican (Georgia Chamber of Commerce) and Ben Brockschmidt (Illinois Chamber of Commerce), and with support from the U.S. Chamber's Transportation team. The final letter is available here.
Kentucky Chamber Named 2017 State Chamber of the Year
The Council of State Chambers announced in August that the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has been named the 2017 "State Chamber of the Year." The purpose of the annual State Chamber of the Year award is to bring attention to innovative initiatives and best practices that advance state chambers' mission and work and to provide deserved recognition to state chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members. The Pennsylvania Chamber and Nebraska Chamber were first and second runner up, respectively. Read More...
North Carolina Named "State Chamber of the Year"
The Council of State Chambers announced on October 11, 2016, that the North Carolina Chamber has been named “State Chamber of the Year.” The purpose of the State Chamber of the Year award is: to bring attention to innovative initiatives and best practices that advance state chambers' mission and work; and to provide deserved recognition to state chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members. Read More...
COSC Presents Results of "Future of Transportation Survey" to Lawmakers at NCSL Conference
The Council of State Chambers would like to thank the forty-three state chambers that completed COSC's "Future of State Transportation Funding" survey. On August 9, 2016, COSC's Policy Director Bill Kramer presented the survey results to a group of lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Chicago. In addition to sharing the business perspective on transportation infrastructure funding and investment with state legislators, this survey is intended to educate COSC members on the attitudes on this issue from their colleagues across the country. An overview of the survey results are available here.
COSC Files Gillette Amicus Brief
On June 30, 2016, the Council of State Chambers filed our petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in Gillette v. California Franchise Tax Board. In the brief, COSC argues that the potential for a state to fail to uphold the provisions of a binding compact, or to impose retroactive changes in the law to pretend that membership in a compact never existed, injects an element of uncertainty in every business transaction that occurs in our nation. And If the decision of the lower court is left to stand, this instability will increase as additional states seek to pretend that their obligations under a myriad of multistate compacts never existed. Read More...