WILLIAMSBURG — The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) has released its legislative priorities for 2022.
In November 2021, the GWCC, which represents almost 700 businesses in the Historic Triangle, sent its members a survey designed to help set its legislative agenda for 2022.
An email sent to GWCC members by its CEO Terry Banez stated that priorities were set using results gathered from the survey and then subsequently approved by the GWCC Board of Directors.
Five of the top legislative priorities for 2022 are as follows:
- Education and Workforce Development
- Supporting career certificate programs and the creation of apprenticeship programs
- Business Recovery and Economic Development to Include Expansion of Interstate 64 from Route 199 to Richmond
- Support funding of the tourism and hospitality industries as they continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Affordable Housing
- Support initiatives that incentivize development of affordable housing which will support workforce development.
- Technology Infrastructure Development and Investment
- Support funding to expand broadband internet connections to under served communities.
- Pro-Business Environment to Include Tax Policies and Regulation
- Support tax policies that will incentivize hiring and supporting a reduction of overburdensome regulations that inhibit growth and economic development.
Ahead of the General Assembly session, the GWCC will host a Legislative Forum at 8 a.m. on Jan. 6 at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St.
The forum will feature the entire Greater Williamsburg Delegation. Legislative priorities for 2022 will be discussed during the event.
There is no cost to attend this event but registration is required. To register, click here.
When the Virginia General Assembly opens its 2022 legislative session on Jan. 12, lobbyists hired by GWCC will promote the Chamber’s agenda to legislators.
For a complete list of the GWCC’s 2022 priorities, please visit its website.