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Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Releases its 4th Annual General Assembly Legislative Scorecard

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September 19, 2017
September 5, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Ingrao (Reston) - 703.930.6518
John Boylan (Dulles) - 571.323.5301
Tony Howard (Loudoun) – 571.209.9020
Holly Dougherty (Mount Vernon Lee) – 703-360-6925
 
Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Releases its
Fourth Annual General Assembly Legislative Scorecard
 
Partnership of Loudoun, Reston, Dulles, and Mount Vernon Lee Chambers Created Scorecard to Track General Assembly Members’ Votes on Key Business, Economic Priorities

Northern Virginia – The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership today released its fourth annual Virginia General Assembly Legislative Scorecard, a report that details the voting records of the Partnership’s Senate and House of Delegates members on the bills outlined in the Partnership’s 2017 Legislative Agenda. 
Comprised of the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, Loudoun County and Mount Vernon Lee chambers of commerce, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership completed its eighth year of working in Richmond to represent the economic and quality of life interests of the businesses and residents in Loudoun and western and southern Fairfax Counties.

“The businesses and the communities we represent want to know how our state legislators are voting on the issues that will impact the future of our economy and our quality of life in Northern Virginia.  We are proud that so many legislators, from both parties and both Chambers of the General Assembly, earned high marks for their voting records on the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s priorities, for this demonstrates that the Partnership’s hard work in Richmond is paying off for our members,” said Loudoun County President & CEO Tony Howard.

The Scorecard reflects votes taken by the House of Delegates and Senate and, in a few cases, by the subcommittees and committees on which a legislator served during the 2017 General Assembly session.  Prior to every vote, the Partnership communicated its position on each bill and reminded the legislators that these bills would be included in the Scorecard.  

“Scorecards are a valuable tool to communicate to our members how their legislators vote on issues important to the business community in a quantifiable way.  This year, the members of our four chambers chose, as areas of importance business taxes/regulation, economic development, healthcare, and transportation.  We believe this Scorecard approach is the most straightforward format of identifying legislator’s support for the Partnership’s initiatives,” said Greater Reston Chamber President & CEO, Mark Ingrao.

“Our effort is laser focused on Development and Transportation because of their impact to our businesses and communities.   Workforce development and economic development were two of those areas that were evaluated.  With the rocket growth in Loudon and Fairfax County we expect these elected officials to support smart growth with smart legislation.” said Dulles Regional Chamber President and CEO John Boylan.

The purpose of the Scorecard is to help Northern Virginia’s business leaders recognize those legislators who support the Partnership’s efforts to improve the business climate and quality of life in Northern Virginia and to promote a dialogue with those legislators whose votes don’t align with Partnership priorities.

“The results of this year's Scorecard show that the Partnership is fostering greater cooperation in Richmond between representatives from our areas on key economic issues in Northern Virginia. Our members greatly value the transparency that the Scorecard gives to the legislative process.” said Holly Dougherty, Executive Director of Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce.

To view the complete Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership 2017 Scorecard, please click here.

The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is a collaboration between the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, Loudoun County and Mount Vernon Lee chambers of commerce. The Partnership collectively represents more than 2,800 businesses and 100,000 jobs, providing an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond.
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Contact:
Tony Howard, President & CEO
thoward@loudounchamber.org, (703) 777-2176