The Hampton Roads Chamber was proud to host the first meeting of the Hampton Roads Regional Chamber Alliance today. Representatives from various local chambers including Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to begin the process of collaboration and organization.
Robert Crum, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization gave a brief presentation to the group on regional transportation projects and upcoming transportation priorities in the region.
The Hampton Roads Regional Chamber Alliance will serve the greater Hampton Roads business community by providing a united voice behind regional issues like economic development, workforce development, infrastructure development and quality of life in order to shape public policy and private perceptions on business and economic issues. This first meeting focused on finalizing the Hampton Roads Regional Chamber Alliance memorandum of understanding and outlined the operational procedures, organizational structure, and administrative and logistical requirements of the alliance. Additionally, topics impacting the business community were discussed and prioritized for future consideration and actions. The next meeting of the Hampton Roads Regional Chamber Alliance is currently scheduled to take place in June.
(Pictured here from left to right: David McCaleb, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce; George Bryan, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce; Steve Mallette, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce; Bryan Stephens, Hampton Roads Chamber; Teresa Beale, Franklin -Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce; Tiffany Phillips, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance; Andrew Cripps, Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce; Mike Kuhns, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)