Chamber Briefings

Chamber Briefings Newsletter – September 2017

September 29th, 2017

Yesterday, we hosted over 650 business, education and policy leaders at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the 2017 Virginia Workforce Conference. This is a timely topic, as education and workforce has again emerged as the top issue for businesses in our Blueprint Virginia 2025 polling. Our discussion centered around Virginia’s workforce pipeline and how businesses can […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – August 2017

August 30th, 2017

As you know, one of the Virginia Chamber’s top goals for the year has been to update our long-term jobs plan, Blueprint Virginia.  We have heard from more than 5000 business leaders on their priorities for improving Virginia’s business climate. We have hosted more than 25 regional meetings and leaders from around the Commonwealth have submitted […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – July 2017

July 31st, 2017

This month, two major state rankings surveys were released. Business Facilities released its annual “Best of the Best” report, which identifies the leading states in economic development and recognizes their successful growth sectors. The report ranked Virginia 4th this year – up from 9th in 2016 – and identified cybersecurity as a potential high-growth sector for […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – June 2017

July 12th, 2017

On June 8th, we were pleased to host the 7th Annual Health Care Conference in Richmond. That morning, Secretary Bill Hazel provided opening remarks and we heard from Virginia’s business and health care leaders during panel discussions. At lunch we were pleased to hear from Randy Pate, Deputy Administrator, CMS and Director, Center for Consumer Information […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – May 2017

May 31st, 2017

On May 24th we hosted over 400 business and industry leaders for the 2017 Energy and Sustainability Conference. That morning, we heard from Governor McAuliffe on his energy accomplishments over the past 4 years. We also enjoyed panel discussions on corporate sustainability strategies and innovative energy partnerships. At lunch, Vincent DeVito, Energy Policy Counselor to […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – April 2017

May 1st, 2017

Last night, we were pleased to recognize 50 of the fastest-growing companies in Virginia at the 22nd Annual Fantastic 50 Awards in Chantilly. These 50 companies are leading the way in advancing a better business environment in the Commonwealth, raising personal incomes of Virginians, attracting top talent, and making their communities better places to live and work. […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – March 2017

March 31st, 2017

This month, a number of state rankings articles were released. Virginia was ranked the best state for higher education by SmartAsset, up from 2nd in both 2015 and 2016. While Virginia generally receives high marks in the higher ed category of many rankings, we continue to lag behind in others. For example, the American Society […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – February 24, 2017

February 24th, 2017

The 2017 General Assembly session is scheduled to adjourn sine die tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th. Both chambers are scheduled to vote on the $107 billion budget bill, HB 1500, today. Below, you’ll find a recap of some of the items that were included in the final budget conference report that may impact your business. We were […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – February 17, 2017

February 17th, 2017

There is just one full week left in the 2017 General Assembly session, which is scheduled to adjourn sine die next Saturday, February 25. Perhaps the biggest item left to finalize is the state budget. Budget conferees were appointed this week and have been meeting to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions […]

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – February 10, 2017

February 10th, 2017

Wednesday marked crossover at the General Assembly, the halfway point after which each house may only hear bills that originated in the other. Yesterday was the last day for each house to complete work on their version of the budget bill. They now have until Wednesday, February 15 to act on the budget bill of […]

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