Chamber gives its legislative positions

The Chamber and its members take great pride in developing relationships with our elected officials. From the Chamber’s perspective, legislative actions and decisions often impact our local businesses so having opportunities to communicate with one another is invaluable.

Each year the Chamber’s Government Relations committee prepares “positions” on key legislative topics. The committee reviews the State Chamber’s stance on important issues that may come before our elected officials during the upcoming session in Charleston.

We review other hot topics and look for those with importance to our membership, taking into account the fact that we are a border region and the various categories of businesses represented in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Some issues are more important to our local Chamber and vice versa, there are some State Chamber issues that aren’t pertinent to our membership.

Last week we presented our 2013 Position Papers to our members and legislators.

This year we addressed the following topics: education reform, broadband access, mandated health insurance, wage payment act and tax reform.

A copy of the 2013 Position Papers is available on the Chamber website at

The primary goal of annually updating our position papers is to arm our elected officials and Chamber members with information about key legislative issues.

In addition, we used the presentation as a means for our members to meet our legislators, solidify relationships and share concerns. By having face-to-face meetings, our legislators get to know the key leaders at various businesses and organizations in our community. When reviewing key legislation, our legislators often contact these business leaders for input; in doing so business owners provide guidance on how legislation might impact their operations. Having a good working relationship with your elected officials truly benefits both parties.

The next opportunity for Chamber members to interact with our elected officials as a group will be at MOV Chamber Day at the Capital. On March 12 we plan to head down to Charleston and spend the day with our elected officials.

All Chamber members are encouraged to set aside this day and travel to the State Capital. Lunch will be provided by our gracious member and sponsor, First Energy. Members will have the time to sit with legislators during lunch, interact and update one another on key legislative issues. Attending the House and Senate sessions is also educational, as well as sitting in on committee meetings to see the inner workings of our legislature. Last year we had over 28 Chamber members and legislators at MOV Chamber Day representing a variety of businesses and organizations. Please email the Chamber office at if you are planning to attend the MOV Chamber Day at the Capital.

As our elected officials head into the 2013 legislative session this week, we want to share our appreciation for their dedication to our community and State. We truly appreciate their hard work on behalf of the citizens, businesses and organizations in our community.

Upcoming Special Events:

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Biztec Bits & Bytes Lunch & Learn:

Topic: Reducing Virus and Spyware Risk in Your Organization

Friday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

WV Central Credit Union, 809 Division St., Parkersburg

Free for Chamber members.

Register on-line at

February Business After Hours hosted by Marietta Memorial Hospital:

Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at The Blennerhassett Hotel

Recently named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention by Healthgrades, MMH invites their fellow Chamber members to meet the award-winning cardiovascular team.

Free for Chamber members.

Register on-line at

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Chamber Public Relations Committee meeting with Jim Smith, Parkersburg News & Sentinel:

Wednesday, Feb. 20 from noon-1 p.m.

Judge Black Annex (319 Market St.)

Mr. Smith will share tips on how to get your event in the newspaper, the best way to submit a story to the newspaper, and how to prepare for an interview with a newspaper reporter.

Open to all Chamber members.

$5 for lunch or feel free to bring your own lunch.

Please RSVP to if you are planning to attend.

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February Lunch & Learn with Sandifer Tax Service:

Topic: Taxing Situations – How the Latest Tax Law Changes will Affect You and Your Business

Friday, Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m -1 p.m.

WV Central Credit Union, 809 Division St., Parkersburg

Attend this Lunch & Learn to hear more information about

Free for Chamber members.

Register on-line at

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Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 1/2 Market St. in Parkersburg.

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Jill Parsons is president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley