Williamsburg Lodge to host statewide economic summit

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Virginia Economic Summit convenes Friday
The Virginia Economic Summit, set for Friday, Dec. 2 at the Williamsburg Lodge, will showcase statewide economic and political trends. (WYDaily file photo)

Business owners from around Virginia will huddle in Williamsburg on Friday to network and get the latest on the state’s economic and political scenes.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Seventh Annual Virginia Economic Summit Dec. 2 at the Williamsburg Lodge.

On the agenda are the 2016 State of the Commonwealth Report, the Virginia Chamber Foundation Economic Dashboard, the kickoff of Blueprint Virginia 2025 and an analysis of the state’s political climate.

The lineup of speakers includes:

•Tom Palmer, chair of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors

•Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam, who is a Democratic candidate for governor

•Dr. James Koch, Dr. Larry Filer and Dr. Robert McNabb, from Old Dominion University, will give the 2016 State of the Commonwealth Report

•Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber, will present the Virginia Chamber Foundation Economic Dashboard

•Dr. Bob Holsworth, managing principal of DecideSmart, will speak about Virginia’s political climate and what to look for in 2017

•DuVal, Robert Blue, senior vice president for law, regulation and policy and president of Dominion Virginia Power, and Ryan Dunn, executive vice president of corporate and government affairs of the Virginia Chamber, will spearhead smartphone voting about priorities for the state’s long-term economic growth, as part of the kickoff for Blueprint Virginia 2025

•Republican gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie, Frank Wagner and Rob Wittman will also make remarks.

The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and comes with lunch. Registration costs $125.

To register, email Lindsay Borge at L.Borge@vachamber.com or visit the Virginia Chamber’s website, www.vachamber.com.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance is also hosting the event.