FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2017
Director, Communications & Marketing
NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAMBER UNVEILS 2017 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Northern Virginia Business Community Focuses on Initiatives to Diversify Regional Economy and Preserving Key Investments to Move the Commonwealth Forward
Tysons, Va. – The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber) has released its 2017 Legislative Agenda outlining the Chamber’s positions on issues for the upcoming 2017 Virginia General Assembly session.
The Northern Virginia Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Agenda is a comprehensive, 22-page roadmap for prosperity in Virginia and provides the regional business community’s positions and rationale on a number of key issues including transportation, education, right-to-work, public-private partnerships, healthcare, and energy.
The Northern Virginia Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Agenda highlights the business community’s support for preserving key investments that are important to Virginia’s future growth – particularly the investment in GO Virginia. Highlighted by robust bipartisan support from the public and private sector, GO Virginia’s promise to drive innovative regional collaboration will set Virginia apart from competitors across the country and around the world. Investments made in regional growth and economic opportunity now will reap tremendous dividends in years to come, and the Northern Virginia Chamber is committed to supporting that effort.
In addition to advocating for investments in K-12 and higher education as well as workforce development initiatives that ensure there is a continued pipeline of highly-skilled workers in Northern Virginia, the Chamber will continue its commitment to policies that support and improve the region’s transportation network. Approving the Metro Safety Commission is key to promoting a safe, reliable Metro system for the benefit of the entire region, as well as to preserve a critical funding stream not just for Metro, but for transit service across our region. The Chamber is committed to seeing this legislation approved during the 2017 General Assembly session.
“The Northern Virginia Chamber and its member companies are committed to working with legislators to ensure the region and the Commonwealth remain one of the best places to start or grow a business,” said Kathryn Falk of Cox Communications and Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber’s Policy Committee. “The policy proposals outlined in this agenda support a strong business climate for companies small and large,” added Falk.
“The 2017 Legislative Agenda provides a path forward for legislators in Richmond to ensure Northern Virginia, the economic driver of the Commonwealth, grows for years to come,” said Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber. “Even in a challenging budget environment, the Commonwealth needs to continue to attract and retain businesses and top talent in an increasingly competitive global economy.”
“The Northern Virginia Chamber’s legislative agenda is more than any one issue, rather it is a guide by which the business community believes that together we can build a stronger Virginia. It touches on issues that impact all businesses across Northern Virginia- transportation, healthcare, taxes and regulation, energy, and much more.” said Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager, Transurban, and Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber.
The Legislative Agenda was developed over the course of numerous meetings of the Northern Virginia Chamber’s Policy Committee, whose membership spans the spectrum of the regional business community.
The Northern Virginia Chamber maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session. Northern Virginia Chamber members are invited to participate in weekly legislative conference calls. Each Friday morning staff will update participants on important legislative activity going on in Richmond Chamber members will also be able to offer advice and feedback to Chamber leaders and staff.
Once again, the Northern Virginia Chamber is proud to host the premier political event of the 2017 Gubernatorial election cycle – The Northern Virginia Debate, presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Hosted by Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press and broadcast live on NBC4 Washington, this debate offers a unique opportunity for the Northern Virginia business community to see Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates firsthand as they go head-to-head on the issues that matter most.
In addition, the Northern Virginia Chamber established the Northern Virginia Business Political Action Committee (NOVABIZPAC) in 2002 to support legislators and policymakers from Northern Virginia and across the Commonwealth who champion a pro-business agenda. NOVABIZPAC’s mission is to utilize the resources of the regional business community to assure the future successes of key business issues.
One of the most influential PACs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, NOVABIZPAC uses the Northern Virginia Chamber’s legislative agenda as its guide as to which candidates to support in Northern Virginia and across the state.
NOVABIZPAC allows the Northern Virginia regional business community to collectively organize its political action to elect candidates who share the Northern Virginia Chamber’s goal of job creation and a business-friendly economic climate
For more information about the Northern Virginia Chamber's legislative agenda, contact Mike Forehand, Vice President, Government Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the 2017 Northern Virginia Chamber Legislative Agenda, click here.
About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce: The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), The Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, represents local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. The Northern Virginia Chamber is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce, and economic opportunity. For 90-plus years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community. To learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber, please visit http://www.novachamber.org and follow the Northern Virginia Chamber on Twitter: @NOVAChamber and @NOVAChamber_CEO.