Newsletter & Blog

I-81 Survey – The Voice of the Business Community

It’s time to improve I-81. As directed by SB971, VDOT is currently developing an I-81 Improvement Plan and studying financing options for the corridor. The voice of the business community is extremely important as transportation leaders, stakeholders, and...

Warner & Kaine Meet with Chambers of Commerce Along I-81

From the office of Senator Mark Warner:  Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) met with the I-81 Corridor Coalition, a group of leaders from local Chambers of Commerce looking to facilitate interstate commerce, improve safety, and...

Improve I-81 – Public Meeting on August 28

We are in the midst of an important opportunity to improve I-81. As directed by SB971, a VDOT study is underway to develop an improvement plan for I-81 and evaluate financing options for the corridor. Public participation in this process, particularly from...

Advocate for I-81!

Important action alert for the business community: Senate Bill 971 directs the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to develop an I-81 Improvement Plan and study financing options for corridor improvements, including truck-only tolls. The business...

Public Comments on Funding for I-81

The Roanoke Regional Chamber provided the following public comments at the May 10 VDOT hearing. On behalf of the Roanoke Regional Chamber and the member organizations we serve, I’d like to thank Secretary Valentine and the administration for prioritizing...

VDOT/DRPT Public Hearing on May 10

The Commonwealth Transportation Board will conduct a public hearing on the FY 2019-24 Six Year Improvement Plan on May 10 at 4 pm at Holiday Inn Valley View. Formal comment on highway, rail and public transportation projects included in the plan will be...

Roanoke City Solicits Public Feedback on Spending Plan

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell recently released the City’s recommended FY 2018-19 budget to Council. The City has taken steps to ensure the budget process transparent and engaging for citizens by providing resources and soliciting participation in next...

Governor Northam Nominates 212 Opportunity Zones

The 2017 federal tax reform legislation created a new economic development tool that is designed to benefit distressed communities. The provision directed governors in each state to designate 25 percent of eligible low-income, high-poverty census tracts as...

General Assembly Returns to Richmond to Resolve Budget Impasse

Legislators returned to Richmond today for the start of Special Session. The General Assembly adjourned last month without a 2018-20 spending plan and with approximately $600 million in differences between House and Senate budgets. The budget impasse resulted from the...

Register today for Legislative Wrap-up

The 2018 session was anything but predictable. From the highly debated utility bill to the House proposal to expand Medicaid, the General Assembly kept us on our toes this year. And they aren’t finished yet… The Governor will call lawmakers back on April...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter July 31, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter June 7, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter March 2, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter February 23, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter February 16, 2018
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In the Media

Virginia Chambers of Commerce support coverage for the uninsured 
Augusta Free Press – January 24, 2018 [Read more]

Roanoke Chamber pushes workforce development during visit to Richmond
Joe Dashiell, WDBJ7 – January 23, 2018 [Read more]

State water control board weighs decision on Mountain Valley Pipeline
Joe Dashiell, WDBJ7 – December 6, 2017 [Read more]

Editorial: McNamara’s speech worth revisiting
The Roanoke Times – December 2, 2017 [Read more]

Roanoke County leader focuses on pace of change
Alicia Petska, The Roanoke Times – November 10, 2017 [Read more]