For Immediate Release
October 4, 2018
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is proud to join Gov. Tom Wolf in recognizing October 2018 as “Local Chamber of Commerce Month” in the Commonwealth.
“The PA Chamber is pleased to recognize the hard work that the Commonwealth’s more than 200 local chambers do every day to support their member businesses and enhance their communities,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “Local chambers see firsthand the impact that public policies, mandates and regulations have on the private sector and are acutely aware of the challenges job creators face. They are an invaluable partner in helping to advocate for pro-growth policies that will improve Pennsylvania’s economic climate and allow the private sector to thrive.”
The governor’s greeting highlights the important role local chambers play in communities throughout the state: “Our local chambers of commerce play a critical role in supporting the needs of our vibrant business community and are essential to the Commonwealth’s continued economic growth and advancement.”
The tie between the PA Chamber and local chambers of commerce dates back to the PA Chamber’s founding in 1916, when a group of influential business leaders and local chamber officials recognized the need for a unified voice of business at the state level. While local chambers are independent organizations, they often work in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber to advocate for pro-business issues in the halls of the state Capitol; most notably, during the annual “Chamber Day at the Capitol” in June when representatives from local chambers of commerce visit Harrisburg for a day of networking and meetings with top policymakers to discuss issues that impact the state’s business community.
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.