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Northern Virginia’s largest coalition of Chambers of Commerce reunites for the 2020 edition of the Virginia General Assembly

Northern Virginia’s largest coalition of Chambers of Commerce
reunites for the 2020 edition of the Virginia General Assembly
 
Now in its 12th year, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is region’s largest Chamber-led collaborative working in Richmond to keep Virginia’s economy strong and growing
 
Lansdowne, VA -- For the 12th consecutive year, the Loudoun Chamber is joining forces with Northern Virginia’s other top chambers of commerce to work together during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session to fight for policies that will maintain Virginia’s status as America’s top state to do business.
 
The Loudoun Chamber is a founding member of The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, a coalition that also includes the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, Greater McLean and Tysons Regional chambers. 
 
The Partnership works with professional representation in Richmond to advance policies to sustain Virginia’s economic and job growth, while vigorously opposing measures that would slow our economy by placing unreasonable burdens and restrictions on businesses and their employees.
 
“Representing businesses from the Beltway to the Blue Ridge, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership has long been our region’s fiercest advocate for policies that allow Virginia’s job-creators and business taxpayers to keep our economy strong,” said Loudoun Chamber President Tony Howard.
 
Collectively, the five Chambers within the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership represent no less than 3,500 businesses and more than 125,000 area jobs.
 
“Last year, Virginia finally reclaimed its rightful spot as the Nation’s ‘Best State to do Business.” Credit for that goes to Virginia’s business community, which kept the pressure on lawmakers to increase investments in education, transportation and economic development, while defeating measures that would diminish job creation and commercial investments,” Howard added.
 
In the 2020 Legislative Session, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership will focus on these key areas:
 
Protect Virginia’s right-to-work law. The Partnership will forcefully oppose any effort to weaken Virginia’s right-to-work law, which protects workers from being coerced to join a union just to keep their jobs and is a significant reason why businesses choose Virginia to locate and expand their workforce.

Provide parity funding for George Mason University. For too long, George Mason University has received far less funding from Richmond than other state universities across Virginia. The Partnership will fight to protect the increased funding the Governor has proposed for Mason in his budget.
 
Support policies that increase access to affordable housing. Northern Virginia is suffering a workforce housing affordability crisis and the Partnership will fight for policies to meaningfully address this crisis. This includes a proposed Virginia Housing Opportunity Tax Credit program and other measures.
 
Protect against unreasonable mandated employee benefits. The Partnership supports paid family and medical leave benefits that support Virginia’s workforce, but do not place unnecessary cost or regulatory burdens on employers, especially small businesses.
 
Support continued access to affordable, efficient reliable energy. Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy sources is essential to Virginia’s economic health. The Partnership supports policies that sustain sound energy policies that balance the needs of Virginia’s environment and economy.
 
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