Government Affairs Council

FOCUS: The Government Affairs Council serves as an advocate for member businesses and their employees before city and state elected officials on public policy and legislative and civic issues that have an impact on the economy, the growth potential and profitability of business, and overall quality of life. This Council informs and educates members on proposed initiatives, policies and legislation which may affect the way business is conducted and profitability maintained. North Chamber members, through a direct link to business, political and civic leaders, take an action-oriented position to tackle legislative issues and influence public policy.

Council Chair

Joe Irizarry
Joe Irizarry
Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc.

EXPLORE legislative, political and civic issues, and work with other businesses, community groups, chambers of commerce, and city, county and state government and agencies to solve problems at monthly Council Meetings.

MONITOR and suggest necessary changes and/or improvements regarding roads, drainage and other infrastructure issues as a member of the Infrastructure Committee.

Infrastructure Committee Chair

Jim Koenig
Jim Koenig
Jacobs

About the Company: Jacobs is a multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm with more than 66,000 employees worldwide. The firm’s 65-person San Antonio office provides professional services including Global Building (vertical building), Water Infrastructure Programs (public works projects, environmental services), Transportation Programs (highways, airports, railways), Site Civil (commercial, mixed-use, residential), Urban Design & Planning (master planning, landscape, urban planning), Construction Management and Inspection and Survey.

About the Program: This committee reviews transportation and infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance issues, as well as the political and financial issues relating to these improvements. A guest speaker presents on a related topic followed by a report by each public agency present.

Personally Speaking: Jim has been an active North Chamber volunteer for over nine years and has served on the board for seven years. Jim says, “The North Chamber is a great venue for business networking and establishing meaningful and long lasting personal business relationships.”

IDENTIFY issues that affect business, economic development and quality of life; and participate in the drafting and endorsement of a Legislative Agenda, including conducting advocacy efforts at the local and state levels.

INITIATE special projects and endeavors that improve or advance the business, civic, higher education or city/county government sectors.

GET “the Bexar facts” regarding County priorities directly from the County Judge at the annual State of the County Address.

HEAR the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio during a luncheon program featuring keynote address by the Mayor of San Antonio.

Mayor's Vision for San Antonio & State of the County Chair

Kevin Connor
Kevin Connor
Jacobs

About the Company: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With 2012 revenues of nearly $11 billion, Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. The San Antonio office offers engineering, architectural and construction management services addressing transportation, public works, residential, commercial and federal markets. Kevin is the Operations Manager for the San Antonio and Austin offices.

About the Program: Hear the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio during a luncheon program featuring keynote address by the Mayor of the City of San Antonio and get “the Bexar facts” regarding County priorities directly from County Judge Nelson Wolff at the State of the County luncheon.

Personally Speaking: Kevin is third of a line of North Chamber board members from Jacobs – which has been supporting the North Chamber for more than 12 years. Kevin looks forward to chairing Government Affairs in 2016 and says, “We see the North Chamber providing business advocacy and thought leadership on key issues driving San Antonio’s growth.”