Legislative Newsletter - October 2019
Roanoke Regional Chamber Releases 2020 Legislative Agenda
In preparation for the 2020 Virginia General Assembly legislative session, the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its legislative priorities. Areas of concentration include continued focus on the I-81 improvement package and other regional transportation funding priorities, Certificate of Public Need reform, and increased funding for post-secondary education initiatives that expand workforce training among many other issues of importance. Creation of the 2020 legislative agenda was a collaborative effort among industry leaders and stakeholders and can be viewed here.

The public policy team will be visiting with area legislators in the coming weeks to promote Chamber priorities and to begin lobbying efforts in advance of session.
Election Center Website is Live
In partnership with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and other regional chambers statewide, the Roanoke Regional Chamber is pleased to report that the 2019 Election Center website is now active. This site contains video of candidate interviews, questionnaire results, and other election resources that will help inform members of the business community on where candidates stand on important business issues. This is a fantastic tool to help you learn more about who's running for the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate, so please take some time to familiarize yourself with the Election Center and make sure you are registered to vote this November.
A New Face on the Public Policy Team
As some may already know, I have recently been hired as Vice President of Public Policy for the Roanoke Regional Chamber. I am excited to engage with the Chamber's diverse membership and leverage my experience working for members of the General Assembly to advocate for laws and policies that create the most favorable environment to do business. If you ever need to get in touch with me, do not hesitate to email me at tdurkin@roanokechamber.org or call my direct line at 540-682-2111. I look forward to working with you into the future.
Terry Durkin
Vice President of Public Policy

Mark Your Calendar
State of the County of Roanoke: Join us for the State of the County address on November 20th from 7:30 am – 9:00 am at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. Hear from Board of Supervisor Chairman Phil North on the County's accomplishments as well as plans for the future. Click here for additional information and to register.