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JCCIH Advocacy Priorities & Focus Areas

The 凤凰天机图; Industry of Hawai驶i fights for its members every day. We鈥檙e focused on protecting local business interests, finding creative ways to boosting our economy, supporting innovative industries, increasing employment opportunities, and contributing to a thriving Hawai鈥榠 Island community. With your help, we can do it. Each year, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) reviews issues, focus, and recommends updates to our Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

WHERE WE STAND

Apart from our top priorities (**), we also take a stand and show our support to these additional following priorities and focus areas listed below. (Listed in alphabetical order)

AGRICULTURE 鈥 SUPPORT

We support local farms, farmers, and diversified crops to help our island, and state, achieve greater food security.

AIRPORT CORPORATION 鈥 SUPPORT

We support establishing an independent airport authority to manage operations of the 15 airports spread through the islands. Updates to infrastructure and facilities are critical. We support more efficiency and order without government interference.

**ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support efforts to grow new and existing industries on Hawai驶i Island, especially in areas that make our community more competitive and secure.

**EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support funding for University of Hawai驶i at Hilo, Hawai驶i Community College, and Palamanui because we recognize the positive economic impact of having a skilled, educated workforce.

ENERGY 鈥 SUPPORT

We support renewable and alternate energy to increase our island鈥檚 energy security. We recognize the need for stable, reliable electricity, and support efforts to modernize our electric grid to incorporate more renewables as well as meet the demands of our growing population.

HEALTH CARE 鈥 SUPPORT

We support improving health care infrastructure, improving access to quality care, providing preventive health care, and initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining health care professionals.

**HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support development of affordable housing for both ownership and rentals, and initiatives to help address homeless issues.

**HOSPITALS & HEALTHCARE** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support improving health care infrastructure, improving access to quality care, providing preventive health care, and initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining health care professionals.

**LAND USE REFORM** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support home rule for counties relating to land use issues. We support land use reform and extensions for state land leases, especially for KIAA.

PUBLIC LAND LEASE REFORM 鈥 SUPPORT

We support efforts and legislation geared towards state land lease reform. With more than 70 local businesses located on public lands in East Hawai驶i, it is critical to improve state land leases to encourage much needed infrastructure investment and economic redevelopment.

REGULATE SHORT TERM RENTALS 鈥 SUPPORT

We recognize short-term rentals decrease options for long-term housing. We support creating a level playing field and call for regulations to ensure short-term rentals are in compliance with existing laws.

STREAMLINE REGULATIONS 鈥 SUPPORT

We support reducing and streamlining government regulations as much as possible to enhance the free market to thrive.

SOLUTIONS FOR SOLID WASTE 鈥 SUPPORT

We support a permanent solution for solid waste disposal on Hawai驶i Island. The closure of the Hilo landfill is on the horizon. Our political leaders must deal with issues and consider waste-to-energy and other alternatives.

TAXATION 鈥 DEPENDS

While we support the lowest level of taxation to allow business and the free market to thrive, we recognize the need to sometimes increase taxes in order to finance critical infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing island population.

**TECHNOLOGY & ASTRONOMY** 鈥 SUPPORT

We support the expansion of new technologies on our island, while being mindful of cultural and environmental issues. We support the Thirty Meter Telescope and efforts to keep Maunakea as the center of science and astronomy.

TOURISM 鈥 SUPPORT

Tourism is key to the vitality of our economy. We support initiatives to incentivize business development aimed at making Hawai驶i Island a vibrant destination. We support efforts to enhance a visitor鈥檚 experience as well as ensure personal safety while being mindful of cultural and environmental issues.

WATER MANAGEMENT 鈥 SUPPORT

We support responsible management and development of our island鈥檚 water resources.

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