Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership letter to the Virginia General Assembly
January 15, 2013
Eileen D. Curtis
President and CEO
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
January 14, 2013
Dear General Assembly Member:
The Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce, representing more than 2,800 employers and 100,000 jobs, are very pleased to share that their organizations plan to build on their previous successes by continuing to serve as a strong, coordinated voice for Northern Virginia businesses during the 2013 legislative session through the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership.
Particularly in the dynamic and challenging business environment we find ourselves in, it is more critical than ever to promote a strong, pro-business environment that enhances Virginia’s and the Northern Virginia region’s economic competitiveness, cultivates growth in all segments of our economy, and ensures adequate access to critical business infrastructure and resources. Enhancing a strong, pro-business environment will continue to be the focus of the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s efforts in Richmond.
Mindy and Michael Carlin of Access Point Public Affairs, LLC, who are both long time supporters and leaders in the Northern Virginia business community, have once again been retained to represent the organizations during the 2013 legislative session.
As in previous years, the individual chambers within the Partnership each possess a broad and comprehensive public policy agenda. The Partnership has taken those high priority positions from the agendas of the three organizations to make up the collective priorities of its advocacy efforts in Richmond in 2013 to include the following:
- Secure new, sustainable, reliable, long-term regional and statewide transportation funding to meet our critical transportation construction and maintenance needs.
- Secure additional state funding to support completion of the Dulles Corridor Rail Project in order to minimize the impact of increasing tolls for Dulles Toll Road users and ensure that one of the Commonwealth’s major economic development drivers remains affordably accessible.
- Maintain support for the vast array of economic investment and policy tools that enable the Commonwealth to attract and retain jobs and employers to Virginia.
- Support making Virginia’s legal system as business-friendly as possible through a series of reform bills that will provide additional economic development tools to attract and retain businesses to Virginia.
- Invest in and support conventional four-year degree programs, as well as highly-technical, specialized workforce training with continued emphasis in the science, technology, engineering, math and health – or STEM-H – fields.
- Invest in and support efforts to ensure Virginia has a competitive K-12 education system to enable us to meet the workforce needs of the future through strengthening teaching in the classroom, injecting greater innovation into education, rewarding creativity and success, and ensuring accountability in our education system.
- Protect employers and their employees from any negative impact federal healthcare reform legislation may create as state-level policy and regulations are developed.
The complete agenda for the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is also attached.
The top priority of every member of the Virginia General Assembly must be the creation of good, high paying jobs and on investing in the workforce and infrastructure that is absolutely necessary to keep our economy strong, particularly transportation investment. We cannot wait any longer to implement a transportation solution to address our critical needs that are crippling our economy and our businesses. The policy agenda of the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is focused exclusively on creating these outcomes and we are committed to fighting hard for our member businesses in this legislative session.
The leading business organizations in the Dulles Region (including the Dulles Corridor, western Fairfax, Reston and Loudoun County), the Commonwealth’s most vibrant economic market, formed the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership to ensure the needs of area businesses are represented before Virginia’s key public policy decision makers in state government. When you consider the pure number of employers and jobs represented by the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, it is clear we are providing an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond at a time when supporting pro-business policy is more critical than ever.
We recognize that what is good for Northern Virginia is generally good for the Commonwealth as a whole, and therefore, the Partnership plans to focus its outreach and communications broadly once again this session. We look forward to actively working not only with the members of our delegation, but also with others in the General Assembly and the Governor’s Administration, in support of promoting a pro-business environment in Virginia.
Please let us know if there are ways our Partnership can work with you to advance our shared goals and priorities in support of a stronger, pro-business Virginia.
Eileen D. Curtis, President and CEO, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mark S. Ingrao, President and CEO, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Anthony J. Howard, President and CEO, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
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