Northern Virginia chambers of commerce form lobbying partnership

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Three Northern Virginia business organizations have jointly hired a lobbying firm to represent their interests at the General Assembly.

The Dulles Regional, Loudoun County and Greater Reston chambers of commerce have formed the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership and retained lobbyists Mindy Williams and Michael Carlin of Fairfax-based Access Point Affairs LLC. 

The arrangement builds on a joint lobbying effort begun by the Dulles and Loudoun chambers last year. Now, with the participation of the Greater Reston chamber, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership represents more than 2,800 businesses employing more than 100,000 people.

The lobbying partnership will focus on three core issues: taxes and regulatory policies; energy and environment; and economic development.

Mark Ingrao, president of the Greater Reston Chamber, called the partnership “an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond at a time when supporting pro-business policy is more critical than ever to our businesses and our economy.”

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