Local Advocacy (prev. Business Councils)

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Championed by volunteers, the Local Advocacy Cabinets serve as the Chamber’s voice in the City of Richmond, and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico.

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The Local Cabinets are an advocacy arm of the Chamber.

We work to support the RVA business community by:

  • Connecting business leaders through various relationship building and education events;
  • Identifying and addressing key issues of interest to the City and surrounding county’s business community;
  • Serving as a liaison to local governments, as well as keeping businesses informed on news and resources; and
  • Providing member engagement opportunities through each of the Business Council committees.

Every Local Cabinet event is an opportunity.

Network with Chamber members and government officials, learn about timely important topics from local business and community leaders, and discover ways to get engaged and support your business and community. We also host special and signature events throughout the year for additional valuable networking and engagement opportunities.

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Why Engage With Our Local Advocacy Cabinets?

At their core, the Local Advocacy Cabinets work closely with local businesses and public officials to advocate for a first-rate business climate and quality of life.

The Cabinets are governed by volunteers from the business community who lend time, talent and resources to support its mission.

Meet the Cabinets

Each Local Advocacy Cabinet is driven by the work of its three standing committees.

Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with government officials and other policy stakeholders
  • Identify, research and advocate for priorities and positions important to the business community
  • Connect Chamber members and the community to local government leaders

Examples:

  • City and county budget, taxes and services
  • Bus Rapid Transit, transportation infrastructure and multimodal transit options
  • Economic development & small business support
  • Public education & workforce development

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with local public school systems and institutes of higher education on workforce preparation programs
  • Promote career & technical education and key literacy benchmarks
  • Build relationships with school officials and other education stakeholders

Examples:

  • Hold “Ready. Set. Hire.” career & technical education and mock interviews program
  • Launch “Adopt a School” reading partnerships
  • Hold open dialogues with Superintend

Interested in learning more?
Contact Geoff Zindren Project Manager, Government & Community Affairs.

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