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Local Chamber leaders prioritize 2013 key issues

Leaders from the Loudoun County, Dulles and Reston Chambers of Commerce recently met to prioritize key issues in the 2013 Legislative Agenda.

The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership decided they will focus on transportation investment, economic development, workforce and healthcare as their top priority issues during 2013.

The Partnership represents more than 2,800 employers and 100,000 jobs across the region.

“We are very pleased our organizations will be building on our previous successes by continuing to serve as a strong, coordinated voice for our member businesses through the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership,” Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Howard said.

The Partnership’s priorities will promote a strong, pro-business environment to enhance Virginia’s and the Northern Virginia region’s economic competitiveness.

The Partnership’s collective priorities for the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly include securing new, sustainable and reliable longterm regional and statewide transportation funding.

They also are hoping to secure additional funding for the Dulles Rail Project, to minimize the toll hikes on Dulles Toll Road users.

Supporting the economic investment and policy tools that Virginia needs to attract and retain jobs and employers is a key priority as well.

Virginia’s legal system needs to be more business-friendly through a series of much needed tort reform bills.

An emphasis on the science, technology, math and health fields, will allow the partnership to invest in conventional four-year degree programs, and highly-technical, specialized workforce training.

Additionally in the education industry, the partnership would like to support K-12 education reforms that will strengthen teacher performance, introduce greater innovation, reward creativity and ensure accountability.

Lastly, protecting employers and workers from the negative impact of federal healthcare reform as state-level policy and regulations are developed is important to the area’s work environment.

Access Point Public Affairs LLC, has again been retained to represent the Partnership during the 2013 legislative session.

“The top priority of every member of the Virginia General Assembly and the Governor must be the creation of good, high paying jobs and on investing in the workforce and infrastructure that is necessary to keep our economy strong,” Howard said.

The leading business organizations in the Dulles Corridor, 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.

“We are committed to working not just with our own delegation members, but with members throughout the Commonwealth,” Howard said. “Generally, what is good for businesses in Northern Virginia is good for businesses statewide, so we look forward to working with legislators and our business colleagues to make the Commonwealth as business-friendly as possible.”

The complete agenda for the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership can be found on the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce website at loudounchamber.org.


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