For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
HARRISBURG - More than 70 state and local chamber officials met in Harrisburg yesterday to take part in 2016 Chamber Day. The annual event, which is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, provides an opportunity for local chamber officers from around the Commonwealth to meet with high-ranking elected officials and policy experts to discuss legislative issues of importance to the state’s business community.
“We’re pleased that so many local chamber representatives were able to attend this year’s Chamber Day,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “With the end of the fiscal year right around the corner, this was a perfect opportunity for local chambers to get a front seat look at the budget process and let elected officials know how various policy proposals could impact their area businesses. This event also reinforces the strong relationship the PA Chamber has with our local chamber partners.”
Throughout the day-long event, participants heard from policy makers on a variety of topics, including: education funding, pension reform, federal labor regulations, workforce development, the state’s economic outlook and the state budget. Welcoming remarks were provided by Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, joined the group for lunch to discuss the budget process and give a legislative update. The event also featured an engaging discussion on Pennsylvania’s political landscape with former state Democratic Party Chair T.J. Rooney and former state Republican Party Chair Alan Novak.
“Local chambers play a crucial role in communities and regions throughout the Commonwealth,” said PACP chair and Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce President Chad Amond. “As we collectively work on behalf of Pennsylvania’s business community, it’s incredibly important for the state’s chamber professionals to hear first hand from Pennsylvania’s top policy makers on issues that impact job creators. This annual event allows for constructive dialogue on how we can improve the Commonwealth’s economic climate and help private-sector businesses thrive.”
In addition to the PA Chamber and the PACP, Chamber Day 2016 was sponsored by the following organizations: Blair County Chamber of Commerce, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, Central PA Chamber of Commerce, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.