Chamber Briefings

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – February 3, 2017

February 3rd, 2017

Next Wednesday, February 8th, marks crossover day for the 2017 General Assembly session. Crossover day is the mid-point in session, after which each house is only allowed to hear bills that originated in the other. The week leading up to crossover is always very busy as both the House and the Senate work to finalize […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – January 27, 2017

January 30th, 2017

 We are now 2 1/2 weeks into the 2017 General Assembly session. The deadline for filing bills was Friday, January 20th, and over 2400 bills and resolutions were introduced this year. We are tracking over 450 bills and we’re constantly updating our Bills We’re Watching. Please check back often for updates on what we’re tracking […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – January 20, 2017

January 23rd, 2017

The 2017 General Assembly session convened on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. So far this session, over 2100 bills and resolutions have been introduced. Legislators had until 3:00 pm  today to introduce legislation to be considered. The first full week of session has already been a busy one. Now that the General Assembly is in session, you […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – December 2016

December 20th, 2016

President’s Message On December 2nd, we hosted over 700 business leaders in Williamsburg for the 2016 Virginia Economic Summit. At the Summit, we launched Blueprint Virginia 2025, an update to our long-term economic development plan. Over the next year, we will once again convene Virginia’s regional leaders and industry experts to analyze state and regional economies […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – November 2016

November 23rd, 2016

President’s Message This month, both Forbes and Site Selection magazine released their annual business climate rankings. In Forbes’ “Best States for Business,” Virginia ranked 6th, up from 7th last year. Virginia also took 6th place in Site Selection’s Business Climate rankings, up from the 12th spot in 2015.  While we are pleased with this upward […]


Chamber Briefings Newsletter – October 2016

October 14th, 2016

President’s Message This year’s Workforce Conference on September 28 drew record attendance-nearly 600 attendees-as we discussed how hiring veterans can help close the workforce skills gap in Virginia. Special thanks to our conference co-hosts, the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program and the Virginia Society of Human Resource Managers. Employers learned about actionable steps that they […]