January 19, 2021
Last week the Virginia General Assembly kicked off its 402nd Session. The House of Delegates is meeting online while the Senate is continuing to meet at the Science Museum of Virginia as it did during last year’s Special Session. This is another unique session: it’s election year for the House and statewide offices, beginning one week after a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, and under threats of violence against state capitals around the country. 

As you read here back in December, your fellow Northern Virginia Chamber members have produced a new Legislative Agenda for 2021. The top priorities are education, workforce development and transportation as they have been in the recent past. The goal of the Chamber’s business advocacy is still creating a strong, diverse and equitable economy for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Policy Committee this year was led by Chamber Board Secretary Matt McQueen of Peraton. You can visit the Chamber’s website to download the 2021 Legislative Agenda

Among the 2000 bills expected this year are a number of new paid sick leave proposals which are given more attention while the Commonwealth struggles to improve vaccine administration. The Chamber is also working to advance Governor’s G3 Program this session after it was defunded due to COVID-related pressures on state finances last spring. To follow more closely what the Chamber is doing on your behalf in Richmond, email VP of Government Relations Clayton Medford to be included in weekly update calls starting this Friday. 
Questions or concerns? Contact the Chamber's Clayton Medford, Vice President, Government Relations, at cmedford@novachamber.org.
Registration is free for this members-only event
Veterans and Military Business Council Forum: Veteran Business Owners' 2021 Resolutions
January 20th | 10-11AM
Shawn Gundrum, CEO of Cathexis, will help lead our discussion on making business resolutions for 2021. Have you thought about making a resolution for your business?
  • Getting back on track / Returning to best practices
  • Diversifying your business through new customer acquisition
  • Reexamining business strategy within shifting political and social landscapes
  • Continuing to find new and effective ways to engage your teams remotely
Registration is free for this members-only event
2021 Lobby Day with Gov. Ralph Northam & Key Leaders
January 27th | 10-11:30AM
Please join your colleagues and leaders from around the state on January 27th as our Annual Lobby Day goes virtual!

We are proud to host Gov. Ralph Northam and have invited key leaders to meet with our members during the 2021 General Assembly session.

More info and speakers to come!
Registration is free for members
29th Annual Regional Economic Outlook 2021
January 28th | 9-10:30AM
This event will provide industry executives with insight into key market indicators economists are watching as signs of economic recovery continue to emerge. Unique to this year will be a deep dive into regional real estate indicators, and discussion on what the pandemic means for the commercial and residential markets. Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the know in the new year! Speakers for this event:
Luke Tilley, Chief Economist Wilmington Trust

Mark Looney, Partner Cooley LLP

Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist Virginia Realtors

William Collins, Executive Vice Chair Cushman & Wakefield
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