Newsletter & Blog

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...

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...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter January 11, 2019
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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]