Newsletter & Blog

CNBC names Virginia America’s Top State for Business in 2019

CNBC released its annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings, with Virginia at the top of the list. Contributing factors include workforce, economy, infrastructure, cost of doing business, quality of life, education, technology & innovation,...

Warner & Kaine Request Funding for I-81 Upgrades

CONTACT: Nelly Decker (Warner) 202 228 6884 Katie Stuntz (Kaine) 202 355 3761WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today requested additional funding for vital improvements to Interstate 81 (I-81) that would enhance safety and...

Chamber Hosts Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

It was our honor to host Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today for a roundtable discussion of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) and other issues of importance to the business community. A special thank you to Congressman Ben...

I-81 Needs Federal Funding to Complement State Investment

The following op-ed was published in the Roanoke Times on Friday, June 7.I-81 Needs Federal Funding to Complement State Investment By Joyce Waugh, president and CEO, Roanoke Regional ChamberThursday, May 23 marked Virginia’s inaugural “Celebrate...

Governor Northam Proposes Funding Amendments for I-81

Last week, Governor Northam filed amendments to the I-81 legislation to include funding for corridor improvements. The plan, as detailed below, generates funding through a mix of regional and statewide fees and taxes. The General Assembly will vote on...

Commonwealth Connect Meeting in Roanoke

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has joined Commonwealth Connect, a coalition or businesses, organizations and governments advocating for increased broadband coverage and funding for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI).Commonwealth Connect will...

Public Policy Council 2019-20 Enrollment

Enrollment for the Public Policy Council is open from March 6 – April 10. If you are interested in joining the Council, please review the following objectives and contact rgunn@roanokechamber.org for additional information.Objectives:The council, along...

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant: Annual Report FY 2018

From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia:Contact: Laura Osbergerlauraosberger@schev.edu(804) 786-2323 (office), (804) 387-5191 (mobile)February 22, 2019For immediate releaseRICHMOND — During the 2016 session, the General Assembly and...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter July 10, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter April 8, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter February 22, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter February 15, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter February 8, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter February 1, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter January 25, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter January 18, 2019
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Legislative Newsletter January 11, 2019
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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]