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Nova Chamber Partnership 2016 Focus on Expanding Role as “Voice of Business” in region

Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership collectively represents 2,800 Businesses, 100,000 jobs;
Workforce Development, K-12 Investment and Economic Development are Partnership’s Key Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session

Northern Virginia’s oldest and most respected Chamber-led Partnership enters its eighth year with a renewed focus on expanding its reach and impact as the region’s most effective voice for business on the critical economic and quality of life issues facing our community.
Founded in 2009, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership represents more than 100,000 jobs at the collective 2,800 businesses that are members of the Dulles Regional, the Greater Reston and the Loudoun County chambers of commerce.
The Chambers that form the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership have announced their shared priorities for the 2016 General Assembly session, which include workforce development, K-12 investment and economic development issues.
Eileen Curtis, President and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber stated, “With many in the northern Virginia community heavily impacted by sequestration and changes in the federal government, advocacy for a pro-business environment that enables economic growth and expansion in northern Virginia is more important than ever.” She continued, “The Partnership is ready to represent the interests of all our members on the issues that are truly important to their businesses.”
“We are very pleased our organizations will be building on our previous successes by continuing to serve as a strong, coordinated voice for Northern Virginia businesses through the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership,” added Mark Ingrao, President and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber.
The Partnership chose its focus for 2016 by identifying the areas that provide the greatest opportunity to promote a strong, pro-business environment to enhance Virginia’s and the Northern Virginia region’s economic competitiveness, cultivate growth in all segments of our economy, and ensure adequate access to critical business infrastructure and resources. 
“Now, more than ever, Northern Virginia needs a strong regional voice that can help bring together not only our businesses,  but also to unify our nonprofit, government and other community stakeholders behind the vital issues that transcend jurisdictional boundaries,” stated Tony Howard, President and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber. “The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership has proven that it can be an effective force for regional unity and we look forward to expanding our voice, our impact and our Partnership to include all like-minded organizations that care about the future of our community.”
Effective workforce development programs for employers and a top tier K-12 education system will also significantly impact the business climate in Northern Virginia. “As employers consider locating and expanding in our region, workforce is key,” stated Ingrao. “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,”
The complete 2016 General Assembly Session Priorities for the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is attached. In addition, as in previous years, the individual chambers within the Partnership each possess a broad and comprehensive public policy agenda.
Well known as long-time leaders in the business community, Mindy and Michael Carlin of Access Point Public Affairs, LLC, have once again been retained to represent the Partnership during the 2016 legislative session. Access Point has represented the Partnership since its inception seven years ago.
The Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers are committed to working to ensure the needs of area businesses are represented before Virginia’s key public policy decision makers in state government through the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership.   “When you consider the pure number of employers and jobs represented by our 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 absolutely critical,” said Howard.
Now in its 8th year of investing significant resources and time into building a strong business advocacy program at the state level, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership has become a credible, known entity in the halls of the General Assembly building and Capitol in Richmond. “Our work with our state policy makers translates into real value for our members on the issues that truly impact their bottom line,” said Curtis.


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