MOV Chamber members to meet lawmakers

CHARLESTON – Area business leaders will meet with those who represent the area today in Charleston as the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley will host its “MOV Chamber Day at the Capital.”

Around 25 chamber members are expected to attend, representing local government, higher education, small business, credit unions, energy, health care and not-for-profit organizations, said Jill Parsons, chamber president/CEO.

Lunch, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is being provided by First Energy. Members will have the time to sit with legislators during lunch, interact and update one another on key legislative issues.

”We anticipate that our elected officials will stop by as their schedule allows during this time period to have lunch and visit with the chamber members in attendance,” Parsons said. ”The goal of MOV Chamber Day at the Capital is to thank our legislators and share our appreciation for all their hard work on behalf of the business community.”

Such an event allows for good interaction among different people. In addition to the legislators who represent this area, other lawmakers from around the state have stopped in to the event to talk with local business leaders.

For the rest of the day, chamber members are encouraged to attend a committee meeting or sit in the gallery to observe the Senate or House sessions.

”For the chamber members, we encourage them to use this opportunity to develop relationships with our elected officials and update them on legislative issues that may challenge their ability to do business in the state of West Virginia,” Parsons said. ”Some of these challenges may then come before our legislators during session and by having this dialogue, they are able to make a direct connection with an interested party.

”Our elected officials are approached by so many people and organizations with often diverging points of view and conflicting interests. By developing relationships with chamber members, I hope to facilitate two-way communication between our business community and our elected leaders.”