For Immediate Release
June 6, 2017
HARRISBURG - More than 100 state and local chamber officials from across the Commonwealth came together today to participate in 2017 Chamber Day. The annual event, which is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, allows local chamber officers to meet with key policymakers and discuss ways to improve Pennsylvania’s business climate and competitive edge.
“Chamber Day provides a great opportunity for lawmakers and administration officials to hear firsthand of the benefits and challenges that local employers face while doing business in Pennsylvania,” PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr said. “We’re pleased that so many local chamber representatives were able to attend this year’s event and advocate on behalf of their communities. The strong relationship the PA Chamber has with our local chamber partners plays a critical role in our advocacy efforts to help build a stronger economy.”
Participants met with key elected officials throughout the day, including Gov. Tom Wolf, who served as the keynote speaker during the Chamber Day luncheon. Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny both kicked off the event with welcoming remarks at the State Capitol. The day-long event also featured policy discussions on a variety of topics, including: the upcoming 2017-18 state budget, pension reform, property taxes, workforce development, as well as the Commonwealth’s transportation and infrastructure needs.
“Local chambers are keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing their communities,” said PACP Chair and Main Line Chamber President and CEO Bernard Dagenais. “Chamber Day is the perfect forum for the state’s top policymakers and local business leaders to discuss the top issues that are impacting Pennsylvania’s job creators. We’re pleased to join with the PA Chamber to push for policies that will remove barriers to growth and help private-sector businesses thrive.”
In addition to the PA Chamber and the PACP, Chamber Day 2017 was sponsored by the following organizations: Beaver County Chamber, Bedford County Chamber, Blair County Chamber, Central PA Chamber, Chester County Chamber, Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corp., Greater West Chester Chamber, Lebanon Valley Chamber, Main Line Chamber, Schuylkill Chamber, Western Chester County Chamber, Westmoreland County Chamber, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber and the Wyoming County Chamber.
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.