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The Government Relations Committee (GRC) of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is charged with representing and serving as the advocacy voice of Alexandria business before government officials at the local, state and federal level.

In addition to advocacy the Chamber GRC also hosts a number of events throughout the year designed to educate and inform the Chamber membership and community at large. Those events include: Legislative Breakfast(s), Candidate Debates, Legislative Agenda Roll Out, Business Competitiveness Summit and the US Chamber Small Business Summit.

This committee is appointed each year by the Chamber Board of Directors. Applications become available in October for appointment by the Chamber Board in December for a one year term beginning in January of each year. For more information on the Government Relations Committee please contact Maria Ciarrocchi mciarrocchi@thechamberalx.com

2021 Legislative Agenda

2021 Candidates for Alexandria City Council

City Council Candidate Surveys

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce recently asked all announced candidates to complete a survey of critical business issues facing our city. In order to ensure our members are informed prior to entering the voting booth, the Chamber is providing the candidate’s responses.

The survey questions were derived from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Legislative Agenda. Through the Legislative Agenda, the Chamber has identified its priority action items for the next year and beyond.

What follows are the responses (in alphabetical order by candidate last name) we received – as sent, in full and unedited.

Mayoral Candidates:

Annetta Catchings: Introduction Video | Candidate Survey

Allison Silberberg: Candidate Survey

Justin Wilson: Introduction Video | Candidate Survey

Council Candidates:

Canek Aguirre: Candidate Survey

Sarah Bagley: Candidate Survey

Bill Campbell: Candidate Survey

John Taylor Chapman: Candidate Survey

Alyia Gaskins: Introduction Video | Candidate Survey

Kevin Harris: Candidate Survey

Amy Jackson: Candidate Survey

James Lewis: Candidate Survey

R. Kirk McPike: Candidate Survey

Patrick Moran: Candidate Survey

Bill Rossello: Candidate Survey

Mark Shiffer: Candidate Survey

Meronne Teklu: Candidate Survey

Virtual Candidate Meet & Greet 

Join us for a “speed networking” type event where Candidates for Alexandria City Council and Mayor will hop from virtual table to table to have micro conversations and targeted discussions with each table of attendees. Participants will be grouped by topics of interest to better focus the conversations.

Click here for more information and to register

Resources

Need Help?

Do you have questions on how to navigate City Hall? Or on a piece of legislation in the General Assembly? We’re here to help on all business related issues.

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Additionally, each quarter the Government Relations Chair and Chamber Staff will be hosting a “Virtual Office Hour” where you can pop in and learn more about the Chamber’s advocacy or talk through any questions or issues you may be having.  More details to come.

Recent Advocacy Actions

Legislative Agendas

LEGISLATIVE EVENT SERIES

The Chamber ALX hosts several Legislative Events throughout the year that provide opportunities for our members to meet and hear from elected officials at the local and state level as well as have worthwhile discussions on current issues.

This series kicks off in March with our General Assembly Breakfast, where we welcome members of the Alexandria Delegation of the General Assembly to share their thoughts on the most recent session.

In late spring, we host the Alexandria City Council Breakfast which features a conversation on current issues facing businesses in the City.

In September, our wildly popular Legislative Reception provides members and guests with the opportunity to mingle with elected officials, City staff and community leaders. This event also features the unveiling of the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda for the coming year.

For more information please contact Maria Ciarrocchi mciarrocchi@thechamberalx.com

Register Here for the Virtual City Council Breakfast

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