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Government Affairs & Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (GA-RTAC)

Co-Chairs Board Members Maureen Auer and Austin Marshall.

The Committee was established by the Chamber to bring government, first responders, utilities, and representatives for our state and federal elected officials and community groups together to share information and concerns. 

The Group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at the Chamber office.  Typically, there are 25-30 officials there to share information.

Committee members include City, County, State and Federal government representatives who report on legislation affecting local business and the Big Bear Valley Community.  Roads, traffic and parking issues are addressed by various agencies including CalFire, Caltrans, local sheriffs and local fire departments, the Forestry service, Air Quality Control, Mountain Transit and others.   Read More About GA-RTAC

Economic Development

Chairman is Board member Sandy Benson.

The Committee monitors commerce by checking in with businesses throughout the Valley monthly.  It supports “Shop Local” through the establishment of the Big Bear Shop Local eGift Card (purchase here) and the Chamber Booth in the Village on Shop Small Saturday each November.  The Committee promotes communication and identify partnership opportunities for programs and projects to foster economic development.  

A new initiative is the formation of the East Valley Business Group that meets monthly to discuss the growth and economic development of Big Bear City, Sugarloaf, Fawnskin and the Lakes district.


Chairman: Vacant

Advises staff on all communications of the Chamber including eNews, the Relocation Guide, social media, including Facebook and Instagram, marketing and printed materials. 


Chairman: Vacant

Advisory group on membership recruitment and retention, benefits, the Ambassador Program, networking mixers, the membership directory.