Newsletter & Blog

Governor Northam Proposes Funding Amendments for I-81

Last week, Governor Northam filed amendments to the I-81 legislation to include funding for corridor improvements. The plan, as detailed below, generates funding through a mix of regional and statewide fees and taxes. The General Assembly will vote on...

Commonwealth Connect Meeting in Roanoke

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has joined Commonwealth Connect, a coalition or businesses, organizations and governments advocating for increased broadband coverage and funding for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI).Commonwealth Connect will...

Public Policy Council 2019-20 Enrollment

Enrollment for the Public Policy Council is open from March 6 – April 10. If you are interested in joining the Council, please review the following objectives and contact for additional information.Objectives:The council, along...

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant: Annual Report FY 2018

From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia:Contact: Laura 786-2323 (office), (804) 387-5191 (mobile)February 22, 2019For immediate releaseRICHMOND — During the 2016 session, the General Assembly and...

Chamber signs on to VA Chamber’s legal reform letter

The Roanoke Regional Chamber has signed on to the VA Chamber's legal reform letter in support of SB 1457 (Vogel) and SB 1486 (Obenshain). SB 1457 will provide a process when a corporate executive is sought to be deposed in litigation. SB 1486...

Legislation to fund I-81 Improvements

Improving I-81 is a priority for the business community. As expressed in the Chamber’s recent op-ed on I-81, the ability to move goods and services is foundational to a strong business climate. Current conditions on I-81 are unsafe, unreliable,...

Op-Ed: Virginia Deserves a Better I-81

An op-ed by Joyce Waugh, President & CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber, was published in the Roanoke Times this week. The article outlined the significance of quality infrastructure, the current safety and reliability challenges on I-81, and...

Action Alert: Minimum Wage Increase

On Monday, the Virginia Senate will consider proposals to increase the minimum wage. The Roanoke Regional Chamber joined several business organizations in strong opposition to these measures. Data shows that an increased minimum wage would...

Legislative Newsletters

Legislative Newsletter April 8, 2019

Legislative Newsletter February 22, 2019

Legislative Newsletter February 15, 2019

Legislative Newsletter February 8, 2019

Legislative Newsletter February 1, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 25, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 18, 2019

Legislative Newsletter January 11, 2019


In the Media

Advocates for Interstate 81 improvements say fight will continue despite legislative defeat
WDBJ7 – February 2, 2019  [Read more]

I-81 toll discussion tabled for now
WFXR – February 1, 2019  [Read more]

Interstate 81 legislation fuels debate over tolls
WDBJ7 – January 29, 2019  [Read more]

Op-Ed: Virginia Deserves a Better I-81
The Roanoke Times – January 16, 2019  [Read more]

Governor Northam announces bi-partisan plan to improve Interstate 81
WDBJ7 – January 8, 2019  [Read more]