May 13, 2020
Gov. Ralph Northam extended the current regime of business closure and restrictions for Northern Virginia to May 29
May 13, 2020 – Gov. Ralph Northam extended the current regime of business closure and restrictions for Northern Virginia to May 29. Other regions of Virginia will enter into Phase 1 of Gov. Northam’s  Forward Virginia  reopening plan on Friday (May 15). Today’s action follows the Northern Virginia elected leaders and health directors notifying Gov. Northam that the region had not yet met the criteria for entering Phase 1. More details about that criteria, and yesterday’s Executive Order, can be found at the links below.

Northern Virginia Chamber members have continued to do everything in their power to remain open, retain employees, and continue to serve customers and clients during this crisis. Health officials in Northern Virginia have determined that their localities do not meet the public health criteria established by the White House and Gov. Northam, particularly the requirement that new positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining over a 14-day period. While we need to begin the slow, safe and staggered reopening of our economy, we cannot risk reopening only to return to the current status quo because an outbreak occurs. We will be working closely with Northern Virginia elected officials and Gov. Northam over the coming days to ensure we are ready and able to open as soon as the health data shows it is safe to do so.
Northern Virginia Chamber CEO, Julie Coons, has joined the Connected DMV's new COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force. The Task Force includes a rich mixture of commercial, academic, and community leaders and will work closely with Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, their respective administrations, and local governments across the DMV. Scheduled to convene monthly through October, the Task Force will first address near-term priorities, then transition to longer-term opportunities for building a resilient and sustainable economic recovery.  Learn More .
2 020 Policy Lunches
Virtual Roundtable Discussions
Join the NOVABIZPAC and Cox Communications for an up close and personal conversation with state and regional leaders. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get to know key leaders of the Commonwealth of Virginia!
Policy Lunch with Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy
May 14th | 12-1PM
Register here
Policy Lunch with Former Governor Terry McAuliffe
June 10th | 12-1PM
Register here
Policy Lunch with Senator Amanda Chase
July 8th | 12-1PM
Register here  
Our popular Virtual Happy Hour series continues with an exciting twist: making your own specialty cocktails at home.

Join Bob Vanlancker for a half hour mixology demonstration featuring Founding Farmer signature cocktails, followed by a few beverages anyone could make at home using common spirits, and ending with details on how they converted their distillery into front line hand sanitizer production. 

As a bonus, Fairfax County's Sharon Bulova will be joining in as a guest host!
May 20th | 4:30-5:30 | FREE
The Chamber has partnered with Brown and Brown Insurance and GMU Business School to bring Sheryl WuDunn, author or the book, Tightrope, for a special speaker event focused on the plight of America's working class and its critical role within the American economy and society, particularly as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's Awards Season and Nominations are Open!
Now more than ever it's important to recognize members of our community who have achieved greatness and give back to others. We recognize this, which is why our flagship annual awards will continue throughout 2020. Join us for the 2020 awards season by participating in our first three awards programs:
Good Business Awards
Submit nominations by May 29th here
Held June 29th, the Good Business Awards honor and celebrate the leadership of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that serve as powerful champions for good in our community.
17th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Apply by June 12th here

Held November 4th, the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards honors the leaders and legends of the government contracting community. 
Greater Washington Innovation Celebration
Apply by July 15th here
Who will be named the 2020 Innovator of the Year? We'll all find out at our Greater Washington Innovation Celebration on September 16th.
COVID-19 Resources
Your Chamber has been working hard to keep you up-to-date on the latest resources, including funding links, news, important links, and webinars given by our government leaders. We encourage you to visit our own COVID-19 Resource Center and, for ways you can help your fellow Members, our NOVA Member Connector website. If you need a dose of good news, see these stories of how your fellow members are stepping up and helping others during this unprecedented time.
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