“Those of us from Hampton Roads appreciate the Hampton Roads Chamber because they’re very active on all the issues that impact the business community,” said Senator Lynwood Lewis, Jr.
On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Hampton Roads Chamber, ChamberRVA, the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted a joint legislative reception in Richmond. Members of the General Assembly and business leaders throughout the Commonwealth were present. The reception provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss issues affecting Virginia businesses following the crossover in the General Assembly Session.
Senator Bill DeSteph, representing Virginia’s 8th District, encouraged legislators to continue to work together to make sure the business community of Virginia flourishes. “I think we’re putting enormous stress on our business environment,” said DeSteph. “We’ve worked for the last twenty years to create an environment where businesses and families can thrive." He said that eliminating right-to-work laws and drastic increases to the minimum wage would hinder Virginia’s business climate. "We have to stop any erosion of the policies we’ve put in place that have allowed our businesses to prosper."
Many Senators representing the Hampton Roads region were in attendance, including Senator Jen Kiggans, District 7. Kiggans provided comments on the current status of the General Assembly Session. “We need to be mindful of small business, especially in Hampton Roads.” Kiggans is a big-time proponent of supporting small businesses and refers to them as the “backbone of the community in Hampton Roads.” She hopes to be an advocate for the business community, especially the tourism and offshore wind energy industry. “Offshore wind energy projects will provide an opportunity for employment for our veterans and workers,” Kiggans said.
Delegate Nancy Guy mentioned the importance of clean energy projects for the Commonwealth. She said the dialogue is ongoing on issues affecting the business community. “It’s important to enact progressive social policies which are inclusive and appeal to visionary idealistic millennials who are our future,” said Guy.
The Hampton Roads Chamber will continue to lobby on behalf of the business community throughout the remainder of the session. We are proud to serve as an impactful advocate for the Hampton Roads business community and to have been part of an event that highlights collaboration.