Public Policy Positions
At the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, we focus on strengthening businesses and fostering an environment in which businesses and the community can thrive so that Arlington will be a better place for all who work, live and do business here. In order to achieve this, the Chamber takes annual policy positions on matters of relevance to the business community.
Members can be involved in shaping policy positions through the Chamber’s Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee. The Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee typically meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:00am in the Board Room at the Chamber office. These meetings feature elected officials, key policy leaders, and other community members who handle important issues that affect the Arlington community. To be added to the committee distribution list, please email email@example.com.
Each year, the Chamber's Board of Directors adopts the Chamber's annual Public Policy Positions for distribution to Arlington's General Assembly delegation and the Arlington County Board. The Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee begins the process by producing a draft paper, with staff assistance, which is then reviewed, and perhaps amended, by the Executive Committee prior to submission to the Board. The content of these documents center on major policy positions, as well as reaction to selected positions in similar packages from the Arlington County Board and the Arlington Public Schools. You can view the Chamber's full 2016 General Assembly Public Policy Positions and 2016 Local Public Policy Positions, or find summaries of each below. You can also access the 2016 County General Assembly Responses.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce calls on Arlington's General Assembly delegation to embrace its 2016 General Assembly Public Policy Positions, which are summarized below:
Assessment & Equalization
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is proud of its members for their role in making Arlington County a premiere location for commercial enterprise. It is imperative – for the continued success, fiscal health, and sustainability of the local economy – that all efforts be made to foster a business climate that encourages growth and investment. To this end, the Chamber calls on the County Board to embrace its 2016 Local Public Policy Positions, which are summarized below:
The County should emphasize business attraction and accommodation throughout the community.