The council, along with the Vice President of Public Policy, identifies and monitors local, state and federal policy issues of importance to Chamber members and the business community. The council takes action on policy issues by:

  • Developing and advocating our Legislative Agenda
  • Developing positions on legislative issues for recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval
  • Host legislative programs to provide opportunities for members to become more aware of business issues impacting the Roanoke region

The Public Policy Council is open to members of the Roanoke Regional Chamber. Public Policy Council membership is open for new members during the enrollment period (March). To best achieve the Council’s objectives, membership from a diverse range of industries is encouraged.

Transportation Advocacy Group (Chair: James Breakell, Boxley): The committee meets with city, county, and state officials to review policies and procedures affecting transportation infrastructure in our region and provides testimony at transportation related public hearings. The committee considers and recommends transportation policies for the Chamber’s legislative agenda.

Council on Workforce Innovation and Connection (Chair: Todd Putney, Medical Facilities of America): This council aims to encourage workforce preparedness through collaboration with strategic partnerships, and advocates for initiatives to address the demand in Career and Technical Education.

If you’re interested in joining one of the Policy Committees, please contact Vice President of Public Policy Terry Durkin at TDurkin@RoanokeChamber.org or 540.983.0700 x111.