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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. ...

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Launches Annual Calendar Contest

September 6, 2017
Community Bank of the Chesapeake Launches Annual Calendar Contest

Community Bank of the Chesapeake is now accepting submissions for its annual Calendar Contest. The public is invited to submit original photographs of the local communities within the bank’s service area which includes the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties and Annapolis in Maryland, as well as, Fredericksburg, Virginia. A total of 13 winners will be selected and will have their ...

Thom Watkins Named Vice President Cox Business for Virginia

September 6, 2017
Thom Watkins Named Vice President Cox Business for Virginia

Cox Communications recently announced that Thom Watkins has been promoted to vice president of Cox Business for Virginia. Watkins will be responsible for leading Cox Business operations, providing small, medium and enterprise businesses, including healthcare providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organizations across the Cox Virginia se...

John Stallings named president of Union Bank & Trust after leaving SunTrust

September 6, 2017
John Stallings named president of Union Bank & Trust after leaving SunTrust

By CAROL HAZARD Richmond Times-Dispatch   Veteran banker John Stallings Jr. has been named president of Richmond-based Union Bank & Trust, the bank announced Tuesday. Stallings, who resigned last week as Virginia division president of SunTrust Banks Inc., will oversee the day-to-day operations of Union Bank & Trust. In that role, effective Sept. 29, he will be in charg...