Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Releases 2017 Legislative Agenda at Alexandria Chamber Business Competitiveness Summit
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce released its 2017 Legislative Agenda today at its 2016 Alexandria Business Competiveness Summit. The Agenda outlines the issues the Chamber will advocate on behalf of its members at the local level and beyond. As the voice of business in the City, the Chamber’s focus remains on critical business topics for the entire city, including transportation, land use, small business issues, the city budget, and innovation.
The goal of the Business Competitiveness Summit is to bring together Alexandria’s business and community leaders as well as elected officials for a discussion on how to ensure Alexandria remains the most competitive jurisdiction in attracting and retaining businesses. Towards that end, the Chamber held a panel discussion on Innovation in Alexandria, facilitated by Congressman Don Beyer. Panelists included Dr. France Cordova, Director, National Science Foundation and Mr. Dana Colarulli, Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam addressed the attendees as well.
According to Laurie McNamara, Government Relations Chair for the Chamber, “The Alexandria Chamber’s 2017 Legislative Agenda not only sets the stage for our advocacy efforts in the coming year in areas such as transportation, land use, small business, broadband infrastructure, fiscal concerns, and state and regional issues, but is also intended to spur a City-wide conversation on business competitiveness and innovation to ensure a vibrant future for Alexandria.”
The third annual Alexandria Chamber Business Competitiveness Summit was held at United States Patent & Trademark Office. Interested parties may access the Agenda at the Chamber website.