Comstock Introduces Chamber Supported Metro Reform and Funding Bill
Last week, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock introduced the Metro Accountability and Reform Act, a bill seeking to address funding, governance, and operational reforms for the region’s Metro system. The bill seeks to implement a number of the recommendations of many transit experts and the greater business community to address the short and long term needs of our Metro system.
In addition to authorizing more than $2 billion over ten years in federal and state-matched funding for Metro, the bill would establish a temporary, five member reform board to assess potential operations, labor, and governance changes that would improve Metro in the years to come. Many of the bill’s provisions are consistent with the platform of Metro reform principles agreed to by the Northern Virginia Chamber and 30+ business groups from across the Greater Washington region.
The Northern Virginia Chamber is grateful to Congresswoman Comstock and her staff for including the Chamber in the development of this legislation from the beginning. Included in the press release announcing the introduction of the bill was the following quote from Chamber Chair Harry Klaff:
“Metro is critical to the future of Northern Virginia and Greater Washington, and is an invaluable asset to the federal government and the regional workforce. Implementing meaningful operational and governance reforms along with committing dedicated, sustainable funding is the most important challenge facing our region. The Metro Accountability and Reform Act, introduced by Congresswoman Comstock, is a significant step forward in addressing this challenge. This bill combines new federal investment with common sense reforms that are consistent with the recommendations of the business community and experts in the transportation field, including those of Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“The development of this legislation has been a thoughtful, collaborative process inclusive of many regional stakeholders and experts in transit operations. The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is grateful to Congresswoman Comstock for her leadership on this vital issue and is appreciative of her inclusion of the business community in the development of this legislation from the beginning.”
For more information, and to see the full press release, please click here. The Northern Virginia Chamber Government Relations team will keep the membership fully informed on efforts in Richmond, on Capitol Hill, and across the region to address reforms and funding for the future of our region’s transit system.
Applications Now Open for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards™
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The 2018 She-Suite Summit: Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing!
The Northern Virginia Chamber and Velvet Suite are partnering to host the premiere empowerment experience in the nation’s capital on Friday, March 16, 2018. The inspiring summit is aimed at elevating exposure and influence as women in leadership navigate their next career move. Polish your executive presence and invest in your total well-being by gaining influential connections and learning proven work/life strategies to enhance your value. Early Bird pricing available through December 15. To learn more and register, click here.
Vinson Hall Retirement Community & Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation Announce New CEO/Executive Director
Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation Board of Trustees announced Elizabeth (Libby) B. Bush as new CEO/ Executive Director of Vinson Hall Retirement Community and Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. Bush replaced Kathleen Martin at the end of November. Martin announced in June 2017 her impending retirement, which took place in mid-November after serving as CEO/ Executive Director at VHRC and NMCGRF for 12 years. The entire board of trustees thanks Kathy Martin for her years of service and welcomes Libby Bush as the new CEO. Click here to read a full press release.
Washington Business Journal’s 2018 Book of Lists Celebration
The Washington Business Journal is holding their annual Book of Lists Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Mead Center for American Theater. The event will bring together the most influential, connected and informed people in Washington and recognize hundreds of power players from the companies featured in the Book of Lists. The industries represented vary from health care and technology to accounting and real estate. To learn more about this networking event and register, click here.