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Diversity in Business

Posted by Susan Spears,April 2, 2019
Diversity in Business

I grew up in Fredericksburg in the 1970s and ’80s. From an early age, I was introduced to adults who managed and supported many community initiatives alongside my parents. My father and mother were particularly close to Marguerite Young and Lawrence Davies, who were and are significant African-American leaders in the community. I am fortunate that both have mentored me. They instilled...

Keeping an Eye on Local Lawmakers

Posted by Susan Spears,March 11, 2019
Keeping an Eye on Local Lawmakers

Virginia's 2019 General Assembly session is now behind us. In a year that the assembly made headlines for reasons none of us wish to reflect on, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce remained focused on the needs of our business community, as we were in constant contact with our policy makers while we continuously monitored hundreds of bills. Transportation again proved to be a ke...

Top 3 Legislative Wins from Virginia General Assembly

Posted by Kyle Allwine,February 25, 2019
Top 3 Legislative Wins from Virginia General Assembly Top 3 Legislative Wins from Virginia General Assembly

On Sunday afternoon, the Virginia General Assembly concluded its 2019 session. Throughout the entire 47 day session, we advocated for our members and this region’s economy. As a result of those efforts, here are our top three legislative wins and their impact on our members, their customers, and this region. This year, our top three priorities are transportation, workforce development, and a...

The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, here's what we are watching right now

Posted by Theodosius Zotos,February 12, 2019
The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, here's what we are watching right now

The Virginia General Assembly is in full swing right now. This week, these are the bills that we are actively watching and advocating for to improve our regional economy. Transportation  HJ - 581 Interstate 95 Corridor Improvement Plan; Commonwealth Transportation Board to study. Requests the Commonwealth Tra...

Transportation Funding is a Major Roadblock

Posted by Susan Spears,February 4, 2019
Transportation Funding is a Major Roadblock

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the fastest-growing region in the Commonwealth. Our population of more than 360,000 is expected to nearly double by 2045. With that growth has come enormous traffic. The chamber has a long history of advocating for transportation solutions in our region. We played a role in several major projects: the I-95 northbound Rappahannock ...

Chamber watching assembly on transportation, taxes, health care

Posted by Susan Spears,January 7, 2019
Chamber watching assembly on transportation, taxes, health care Chamber watching assembly on transportation, taxes, health care

Virginia's General Assembly session begins on Wednesday. The staff at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber has reviewed all of the nearly 500 bills that have been introduced for the roughly two-month session. Transportation remains our top issue, and we work throughout the year to keep our region’s transportation priorities on the forefront of all policy discussions. We also keep steady wat...

Legislative Priorities for 2019

Posted by Kyle Allwine,December 20, 2018
Legislative Priorities for 2019

Next month, Virginia’s General Assembly begins its work, but your Chamber has already started advocating for you and your businesses. I sat down with Cox Spotlight of Northern Virginia to discuss our top legislative priority, transportation.   For the full look at our priorities in 2019:  Priority Positions The Chamber’s Legislative Priority Positions are all related to...

The New Year will Bring New Strategy at the Chamber

Posted by Susan Spears,December 19, 2018
The New Year will Bring New Strategy at the Chamber The New Year will Bring New Strategy at the Chamber

As we near the end of the year, it is tempting to allow the endless array of festive gatherings take priority over the year-end tasks we must undertake in order to best prepare for the future. As business leaders, we must make time to review and prepare. It is our responsibility to ask ourselves: What went right at our company this year? What went wrong? What surprised us? What was easier than we...

Generation Z Blending Old Values and New Goals

Posted by Susan Spears,November 27, 2018
Generation Z Blending Old Values and New Goals Generation Z Blending Old Values and New Goals

If you’re like me, you are constantly trying to figure out how Millennials fit into your workplace culture. How do we meet them halfway when, from our viewpoint, they are attached to their phones, often lack social skills and appear to want it all without giving their all? I’ve long believed that much of this stigma is inaccurate and not entirely descriptive of, or limited to, the peo...

UMW to Host Two Delegate Debates

September 6, 2017
UMW to Host Two Delegate Debates

The University of Mary Washington will host an 88th District Debate on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and a 28th District Debate on Thursday, Sept. 21. Both debates will take place at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411. They are open to the public. On Sept. 13, incumbent Del. Mark Cole, a Republican, will debate Democrat Steve Aycock, Independent Amanda Blalock and Green Party candidate Gerald Anderson. ...