Newsletter & Blog

Chamber signs on to VA Chamber’s legal reform letter

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has signed on to the VA Chamber's legal reform letter in support of SB 1457 (Vogel) and SB 1486 (Obenshain). SB 1457 will provide a process when a corporate executive is sought to be deposed in litigation. SB 1486...

Legislation to fund I-81 Improvements

Improving I-81 is a priority for the business community. As expressed in the Chamber’s recent op-ed on I-81, the ability to move goods and services is foundational to a strong business climate. Current conditions on I-81 are unsafe, unreliable,...

Op-Ed: Virginia Deserves a Better I-81

An op-ed by Joyce Waugh, President & CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber, was published in the Roanoke Times this week. The article outlined the significance of quality infrastructure, the current safety and reliability challenges on I-81, and...

Action Alert: Minimum Wage Increase

On Monday, the Virginia Senate will consider proposals to increase the minimum wage. The Roanoke Regional Chamber joined several business organizations in strong opposition to these measures. Data shows that an increased minimum wage would...

Action Alert: Improve I-81

We are in the midst of an important opportunity to improve I-81, and legislators need to hear from you. Please consider using the letter template below to voice your support for I-81 improvements.The following elected officials represent the broader...

Discovering opportunities in manufacturing

On December 5, the Roanoke Regional Chamber proudly partnered with Ardagh Group to host “Can Camp,” a program to expose fourth and fifth grade students to the manufacturing industry. Students from Hurt Park Elementary School and Big Brothers Big Sisters...

CTB Approves I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan

Last week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan. Highlights of the Plan are listed below. Click here for VDOT’s Executive Summary - I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan.             The Roanoke Regional Chamber...

Chamber provides public comment on I-81

The Roanoke Regional Chamber provided the following comments on the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan at the October 25 public meeting hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment. On behalf of the...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter February 8, 2019

Legislative Newsletter February 1, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 25, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 18, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 11, 2019


In the Media

Advocates for Interstate 81 improvements say fight will continue despite legislative defeat
WDBJ7 – February 2, 2019  [Read more]

I-81 toll discussion tabled for now
WFXR – February 1, 2019  [Read more]

Interstate 81 legislation fuels debate over tolls
WDBJ7 – January 29, 2019  [Read more]

Op-Ed: Virginia Deserves a Better I-81
The Roanoke Times – January 16, 2019  [Read more]

Governor Northam announces bi-partisan plan to improve Interstate 81
WDBJ7 – January 8, 2019  [Read more]