The Chamber sent a letter to the Virginia Senate Local Government Committee opposing S.B. 839, a bill which would allow local governments, like the Arlington County Board, to require developers to enter into binding labor contracts as a condition of certain special exception site plan developments.
The Chamber sent a letter to the Virginia State Health Commissioner encouraging the approval of a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) for an outpatient surgical hospital containing four operating rooms operated by Virginia Hospital Center.
The Chamber has joined in a letter with 13 other chambers of commerce from across Virginia to call upon the General Assembly to support the Commonwealth’s proposal for Amazon’s new headquarters during its upcoming 2019 legislative session. The coalition’s letter says, “Virginia benefits greatly from the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing an economic backbone for all businesses through investment in statewide assets, including education, workforce development, and transportation infrastructure.”
The Coalition of Northern Virginia Chambers of Commerce – composed of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and 12 other area chambers – urged the Virginia General Assembly to support full funding for the “Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity” (GO Virginia) in the FY2018 Budget plan, which will be adopted in the upcoming Legislative Session.
The goals of GO Virginia are: to raise awareness for Virginia's significant new economic challenges and opportunities; to mobilize business, education, and community leaders to work collaboratively for economic development, job creation, and career readiness; and to make Virginia's state government and strong and effective catalyst for strategic, job-focused regional collaboration.