Agricola grew in his position throughout his many years with the Chamber. He retires this month as the Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs. In this position he covered the General Assembly every year, living in Richmond for the Sessions.
Agricola championed issues for the business community where he lobbied to keep school start dates after Labor Day, lobbied for more than a decade for sustainable transportation funding, and worked to maintain Virginia as a Right-to-Work state. Agricola has been steadfast in his lobbying efforts for energy issues, including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Offshore Wind Energy. He also worked closely with lawmakers throughout the year to enforce pro-business legislation where he was quoted by Delegate Steve Heretick to be, "indispensable in the legislation process."
At a local level, Agricola lobbied for the public-private partnership that established Virginia Beach Town Center and was one of the founders of the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival.
As Agricola heads into retirement, he leaves a legacy of helping to make Virginia the number one state to do business several times throughout his career. His advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level have literally set the conditions for business to succeed in Hampton Roads. All in the business community should thank Ira Agricola!