Newsletter & Blog

Chamber weighs in on proposed repeal of federal historic tax credit

On November 7, the Chamber submitted a letter to Congressman Bob Goodlatte in response to the recently released House tax reform bill. The package includes a provision that would eliminate the federal historic tax credit, which serves as a major economic development...

Workforce Development – Be Part of the Solution

Workforce development is among the top priorities for business and education communities. Increasingly, industries in career and technical fields are experiencing difficulty finding the skilled workers they need. The jobs they offer are often well-paying and require...

Mental Health Advocacy

On October 6, the RRCC submitted a public comment regarding mental health in alignment with our legislative agenda on healthcare. RE: Chapter II, Psychiatric Services page 15-16, DMAS requirements regarding provider qualifications for outpatient counseling The Roanoke...

Does your business accept interns or apprentices?

Virginia Western recently posted results from the Career and Technical Education (CTE), and the statistics revealed the extent to which employers will contribute to employee training. 96% of employers provide in-house training, 70% offer financial assistance for...

RRCC Comments to VDOT & DRPT on Transportation Policies

On behalf of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and its members, thank you for the opportunity to address our region’s transportation priorities. Strengthening the reliability between the Roanoke and New River Valleys along I-81 is a focus for the Chamber. While...

Airport Seeks Grant to Expand Service

Action needed: We need your help to improve our region's air service! The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission is seeking a Small Community Air Service Development Grant. The Roanoke Regional Chamber believes that this grant would improve air service in Southwest...

Chamber discusses opioid crisis with local law enforcement

It is evident that the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing our region, commonwealth, and nation. At the Chamber, we recognize the impact this epidemic is having on all of our communities, including the business community. Victims of opioid addiction range in age, but a...

Roanoke Regional Chamber approves 2018 Legislative Agenda

After much collaboration with business leaders, community organizations, and industry representatives, the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its 2018 Legislative Agenda. This year’s legislative agenda reflects the Chamber’s mission to promote,...

In case you missed it

Success in credentials grant program: Governor McAuliffe recently reported on the success of the New Economy Workforce Credentials Grant program, legislation that we ardently supported. In its first year, the program enabled 2,173 Virginian to receive credentials,...

2017 Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter October 30, 2017
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Legislative Newsletter September 29, 2017
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Legislative Newsletter September 1, 2017
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In the Media

Local lawmakers talk recent session at breakfast in Roanoke
Elizabeth Tyree & Annie Andersen, WSET – March 20, 2017 [Read more]

Chamber holds State of the Commonwealth Address
Charlene Cooper, WFXR – December 6, 2016 [Read more]

Waugh: Public investment and collaboration: Good for existing and prospective businesses alike
Joyce Waugh, Roanoke Regional Chamber – November 27, 2016 [Read more]

Roanoke County leaders emphasize valley’s connections in annual State of the County
Alicia Petska, The Roanoke Times – November 3, 2016 [Read more}

Keep challenges in sight as city celebrates success, says Roanoke Mayor
Joe Dashiell, WDBJ7 – September 1, 2016 [Read more]

Baumgartner: #InlandPort2Rke: Getting creative about an inland port in our region
Josh Baumgartner, Roanoke Regional Chamber – August 14, 2016 [Read more]

Waugh: The pipeline offers economic opportunities
Joyce Waugh, Roanoke Regional Chamber – June 2, 2015 [Read more]

Baumgartner: GO Virginia: An essential tool for the economic development toolbox
Josh Baumgartner, Roanoke Regional Chamber – May 8, 2016 [Read more]

Randolph: Our delegation deserves a standing ovation
Ken Randolph, former board chair of Roanoke Regional Chamber – March 23, 2016 [Read more]