The mission of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is to strengthen businesses and the economic environment for all those who work, live, and do business in Arlington. A key part of accomplishing this mission is by advocating on behalf of the business community, which we approach in a decided, intentional, and strategic manner.
For more information contact Government Affairs Director, Scott Pedowitz, at (703) 525-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of the Chamber's recent advocacy efforts may be found below:
Letter to the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee, January 30, 2020
The Chamber encouraged the Virginia General Assembly to support HB 1414 and SB 890, bills which would implement Governor Northam's transportation package. The package includes critical infrastructure projects such as a new Long Bridge and improvements to the Rosslyn Metro station. The improved connectivity across our region will help Virginia to remain and economic leader in the decade to come.
Letter to the House Finance Subcommittee, January 17, 2020
Letter to the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee, January 13, 2020
The Chamber encouraged the Virginia General Assembly support HB 62 and SB 107, bills which would remove the July 1, 2021 sunset from Arlington County’s additional 0.25 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) that is dedicated to tourism promotion. The TOT surcharge funds tourism and travel promotion, drawing visitor spending into Arlington and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Arlington County and the Chamber have developed a great partnership in tourism promotion, and removing the sunset will allow for longer-range planning. The proposed service reductions for 2022 will fall hardest on our region’s service sector workforce. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce encourages the County Board to adopt the proposed ordinance to authorize non-commercial banners in the Ballston Business Improvement District (BID). This signage will support the Ballston BID’s placemaking work and build on its Ballston “full” campaign. This action would build on the County Board’s adoption of a similar ordinance for the National Landing BID last month and provide another example of how expanding the use of banners and other signage will enhance neighborhoods throughout Arlington. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce supports the broad policy goals of the Community Energy Plan (CEP). The target of net-zero CO2 equivalent emission by 2050 is aspirational, and can be an impetus for innovation. But there is also the risk of losing the plan’s sensitivity to individual circumstances if its implementation is too prescriptive. Arlington County should ensure sufficient flexibility in implementing the plan so that it is viable and economically feasible for businesses and residents, including the availability to consumers of a diverse range of energy choices in meeting growing energy needs.