The Hampton Roads Chamber promotes pro-business policies in local and State government, advocating for a variety of business-related issues on behalf of nearly 2600 businesses representing more than 300,000 working men and women in Hampton Roads.
Over 1,800 bills were considered and a $107 billion dollar budget was adopted during the 46-day Virginia General Assembly session that adjourned on February 25, 2017.
The Hampton Roads business community was represented throughout the session by Chamber staff and volunteer leadership who provided key testimony and lobbying in support of the business agenda. Bills on short-term rentals, broadband, hospitality and tourism and economic development were sent to the Governor’s desk after significant deliberation in both state legislative chambers. Chamber staff provided updates in real time during the session and sent weekly enews updates via our "Legislative Review" emails. Details about the bills considered in this session can be found on the advocacy page of our website.
The Chamber’s governmental affairs operating philosophy is to inform, engage and collaborate in order to aggressively shape public policy in support of a more pro-business environment. Our staff's significant contact with elected officials, collaboration with our peer Chambers in Northern Virginia and Richmond, and daily lobbying are measures of our commitment to being an impactful advocate for our business community.