Newsletter & Blog

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...

Advocating for 2018-20 Budget Priorities

The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce submitted the attached letter to budget conferees to express support for our funding priorities. The 2018-20 budget presents opportunities for Virginia to invest in valuable initiatives to strengthen our business...

Opportunity Zones to Spur Investment in Distressed Communities

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

2018 General Assembly Update

The Voice of the Region's Business Community Here's a list of the bills your Chamber is currently following. If you become aware of a proposal that would impact your business, please email RGunn@RoanokeChamber.org. Interested in becoming more engaged during...

Chambers Join in Support for Teacher Shortage Solutions

The existing teacher shortage is impacting communities throughout Virginia, including the Roanoke region. The Roanoke Regional Chamber joined chambers throughout the Commonwealth in support of policies to address this issue. Click here to see the...

One Step Closer to E-Commerce Tax Fairness

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair. With this move, there is a real opportunity to bring online sales taxing into the 21st century, level the playing field for local retailers, and generate hundreds of millions in...

Economic development initiative to foster healthier communities

Dorothy McAuliffe has used her platform as First Lady to advocate for hunger-related issues over the past four years. In one of her final official events, she joined legislators and community leaders at a Thursday press conference to unveil the Virginia...

Legislative Newsletters

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]