And What is it Not?
by Cassie Bate, Member Services Administrator, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association
of businesses and organizations serving the Arlington business community.
a member-based organization, the mission of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is
to strengthen businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live
and do business in Arlington. We focus
our efforts on business to business and business to community opportunities to
accomplish this mission, including hosting more than 100 events a year, connecting
business leaders to the community through our various committees, and more.
There are many things the Chamber is, but there are also a few things
that it is not.
The Arlington Chamber is not…
1. The Arlington County Government
The Chamber is not a part of the local, state, or federal government. We
work very closely with Arlington County, and many departments are
members of the Chamber, however, we are not funded by tax dollars and we are
not a branch of the County. I can’t tell you how many phone calls I get that
end with the question, “Can you transfer me to the Arlington County [fill in the blank] Department?” I am always happy to look
up the correct number, but it is important for people to understand that we are
not part of the government, and therefore cannot directly transfer anyone to their
2. A Tourism Organization
While I think working in tourism would be an awesome job, I was never
trained for it. The Chamber staff lives and works in Arlington and we fully
support the tourism industry. Many hotels are members and we recently partnered
with Arlington Economic Development to fight for the Transient Occupancy
Tax for Arlington hotels. However, we are not a visitor center, and I cannot
tell you which hotels have free parking or compare rates for hotels.
For information on visiting Arlington go to www.StayArlington.com. We also
do not work for the Metro. For information on transportation, visit www.WMATA.com.
3. A Resident Information Center
We get a lot of calls and emails from people looking to relocate to
Arlington County. The more the merrier! While the Chamber offers Relocation
Packets, upon request, to individuals looking to move to the area, we are
not the authority on apartments, real estate, setting up utilities, property
taxes, or other information pertinent to new residents. For information about moving
to Arlington, visit www.ArlingtonVA.us.
While there are a few misconceptions about what the Chamber does, our
main focus is centered on the Arlington business community. We receive a variety of phone calls every day and
try to help to the best of our ability. If we don’t know the answer, we will
direct you to someone who does. If you
would like to search for local businesses, please visit our Business
Directory. I am always available to answer and questions you may have about
Chamber membership or the business community: firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-525-2400.