Newsletter & Blog

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...

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...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter February 16, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter February 9, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter February 2, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter January 26, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter January 19, 2018
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Legislative Newsletter January 12, 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]