January 12, 2021
Northern Virginia Begins Vaccinating Essential Workers, Older Adults
Northern Virginia health departments have moved into Phase 1b of the CDC/Virginia Department of Health vaccine distribution program. That means that older adults and frontline essential workers are now eligible. You and your employees can call your local health district now to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1b eligibility began yesterday (Jan. 11) so local health districts are dealing with a high volume of inquiries. 
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce condemned the terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol last week, as well as the relevant actions by one Virginia elected official. We will continue to speak out against these kinds of horrible activities. The following two statements were published via our social media channels and website last week:

January 6th: It’s not enough to merely condemn what occurred today: The violent attack on the United States Capitol–the heartbeat of American democracy–was an attack on every American who cherishes our form of government and way of life.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce supports democracy and peace which power business and build community, not violence and anarchy. The images emerging from Capitol Hill this afternoon are both disturbing and horrifying. We need our republic to stand.

We, the Chamber's Officers, unanimously condemn the violence in Washington, D.C. today.
January 8th: As we continue to reflect on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Capitol, we are unfortunately faced with the fact that Virginia must also act to prevent similar violence here. We want to state our unequivocal support for the calls for Sen. Amanda Chase to resign. Her rhetoric and actions caused us to cancel her planned appearance before our membership last summer, and she continues to espouse hate, spread lies and, now, incite violence with her presence at the protests of the Electoral College results in Washington, D.C. It is clear to all that Sen. Chase possesses neither the judgment nor composure to hold public office. As we said in our statement on Wednesday, it is not enough to merely condemn this behavior, we must act to prevent it. Sen. Chase poses a clear threat to the Commonwealth and should step down immediately.
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
Non-Profit and Association Management Council Forum: Strategic Planning
January 13th | 10-11AM
Join Chamber members and Allison Teitelbaum, VP Association Solutions and Amy Lestition Burke, Senior Vice President, Engagement, Association Solutions, MCI-USA to talk about Strategic Planning within the Non-Profit world.

Key points include:
  • How to approach the strategic planning process.
  • How to adapt your plan along the way.
  • Successful association strategic planning approaches.

This event is eligible for one hour of CAE.
Registration is free for this members-only event
Member Engagement Roundtable: Business in 2021 - Response to the Pandemic, Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead
January 19th | 11:30AM-12:30PM
Moderated by:
Ethan Gill, President, Helios HR

What will business be like beyond the pandemic and in 2021? How are business leaders getting ready to navigate this new year and what lessons have been learned and what challenges should we anticipate next? More specifically, how are other leaders in our region handling their back to work plans, real estate and office needs, reinforcing engagement and culture in this shifting environment, and pivoting key operations areas such as marketing and client services? Bring your questions and be prepared to share your lessons learned for this interactive roundtable.
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
Doing Business is the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's weekly e-newsletter focused on member-relevant news, Council Series updates, and upcoming events. Each month we will feature advocacy updates, a message from our President & CEO, and member-written blog posts. Subscription sign-up and past issues may be found on our website.