The Virginia Chamber of Commerce met for its annual “Chamber Day at the Capitol” on January 26 for a briefing from the Commonwealth’s top leadership on matters pertaining to commerce and economic prosperity.
The contingent of 40 from LEAD Hampton Roads, for the fifth straight year, was the largest regional group present. Top elected officials, including Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and House Speaker William Howell spoke to the group. Overall, the message was upbeat regarding efforts toward job growth and a reinvigoration of the state economy. Following the formal program, the LEAD participants met with members of our Hampton Roads delegation, including an extensive discussion with Sen. Jeffrey McWaters, who shared his reflections on his first year of building relationships and learning “the ropes” in Richmond.
After touring the newly restored Capitol building with the chief historian and visiting with the House Pages in their quarters, the group traveled back to Hampton Roads with every intention of participating again next year.
Jeff Ainslie, chair-elect of LEAD and President of The Ainslie Group, the corporate sponsor for the trip, said, “As always, this experience was great and provided tremendous insight into the inner workings of State government that otherwise is difficult to obtain.”