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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2018

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State Budget, Upcoming Elections Discussed at 2018 Chamber Day

Annual event brings more than 100 state and local chamber officials to PA Capitol

HARRISBURG - With the state budget deadline quickly approaching and the General Election right around the corner, more than 100 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today for the 2018 Chamber Day at the State Capitol. The annual event, which is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, provides a forum for constructive dialogue between local chamber officers and key policymakers on key issues important to the state’s business community and the best ways to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.


“Our local chamber partners play a critical role in helping us advocate for a pro-business, pro-growth agenda,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “The annual Chamber Day event provides a great opportunity for these representatives of their local business communities to come together and determine how we can collectively work together to advance policies that will promote private sector job growth and help improve the state’s economy.  We’re pleased that so many local chambers were able to participate in this year’s event.”


Participants met with several elected officials throughout the day; including: Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson; Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York; and Democratic Chairman Joseph Markosek, D-Allegheny.  The keynote luncheon speaker was Republican Gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Scott Wagner.  The event also featured policy discussions on a variety of critical topics, including: the upcoming 2018-19 state budget, the state’s opioid epidemic, workforce development, federal issues that impact employers, as well as the upcoming 2018 General Election. 


“It’s important that our elected officials and the state’s policy makers hear directly from the business community on how certain laws and regulations are impacting job creators’ ability to grow and expand,” PACP Chair and Schuylkill Chamber President and CEO Bob Carl said.  “Chamber Day always sets the stage for a good dialogue on how the public sector and the private sector can work together to promote policies that encourage Pennsylvania’s business community to flourish.”


In addition to the PA Chamber and the PACP, Chamber Day 2018 was sponsored by the following organizations:  Beaver County Chamber, Bedford County Chamber, Blair County Chamber, Central PA Chamber, Chamber for Greater Philadelphia, Chester County Chamber, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Greater West Chester Chamber, Lancaster Chamber, Lebanon Valley Chamber, Main Line Chamber, Schuylkill Chamber, Western Chester County Chamber, Westmoreland Chamber, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber, Wyoming County Chamber and the York County Economic Alliance. 


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.