The Hampton Roads Chamber joined Chamber RVA, The Northern Virginia Chamber and the Loudoun Chamber for an evening of networking and collaboration at the Joint Legislative Reception in Richmond, Virginia. An unseasonably warm winter night overlooking the capitol building was the setting for lawmakers, businesses and four of Virginia’s Chambers to share ideas, concerns and problem solve on February 15th. The Richmond Chamber hosted the event which advanced the mission of regionalism within the Commonwealth.
Barret Stork, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Cox said, “It is important that the Chambers work together as one state. When one region benefits, we all benefit.” The evening brought varying Virginia industries together, but the theme was unification. “One of the most important things that comes out of an evening like this, is that we identify we all have unifying issues that bring us together, no matter where we are scattered in the region,” said Todd Rowley, Senior Vice President of United Bank.
Michael Camden, Enrollment Coordinator at Troy University echoed that sentiment. “From a political and economic perspective, it’s nice to see the camaraderie that is occurring throughout the state and amongst the Chambers. From a networking perspective we get to interact with all of Virginia,” Camden said.
“When the Commonwealth cooperates economically, everyone reaps the benefits. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Port of Virginia, Richmond or the port in Front Royal, all of Virginia benefits in being the global gateway,” said Dustin Rinehart, Director, State and Local Governmental Affairs, with the Virginia Port Authority.
The Hampton Roads Chamber works daily to be an impactful advocate leading the effort for businesses to succeed.