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Ira Agricola Retires After 39 Years of Service to the Business Community
Ira Agricola Retires After 39 Years of Service to the Business Community
The Hampton Roads Chamber and the entire Hampton Roads business community wants to thank and recognize Ira Agricola for dedicating 39 years of loyal service to being "The Voice of Business in Hampton Roads." Agricola began his career with the Chamber in 1981 as the Executive Director in Portsmouth. In 1984, the five-city Chambers merged to create the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Agricola became the Vice President to oversee the Executive Directors for each of the five divisions.

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!

Ira Agricola
Senior Vice President at Hampton Roads Chamber
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