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Make your voice heard for business

The 2020 Legislative Session is at its midpoint and over 2,050 bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. Are you making your voice heard about the things that are important to you and your business? Do you know how the actions in Charleston may affect you or your business?

As your Chamber of Commerce, in addition to being an elite business networking hub, it is our position to facilitate important relationships between our members and government officials. Often, we are able to aggregate Chamber members to meet with our government representatives when they want an audience with the business community to share updated information about projects, funding and special concerns. Our members appreciate the opportunity to thank our elected officials for their efforts on behalf of the business community and to share areas of concern.

On Feb. 18 we head to Charleston for MOV Chamber Day at the Capital, an event that each year allows our members a front-row seat to the legislative process. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. we will start the day with a tour of the Capitol, followed by attending the House and Senate sessions at 11 a.m. From noon-2 p.m. we will host a drop-in lunch for our area’s delegates and senators, plus other key state leaders.

Any member of the MOV Chamber who would like to travel to Charleston for the event is invited to do so. Members can plan to spend some time in the reserved conference room as our legislators will stop by in between committee meetings and session to join us for lunch. Chamber members are encouraged to bring handouts and be prepared to highlight concerns and successes in relation to recent legislative actions. Our legislators appreciate this support and feedback as they work diligently on behalf of their constituents. Having a good working relationship with your elected officials truly benefits both parties.

We are also inviting other key stakeholders to join us for lunch, such as Gov. Jim Justice, Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, Secretary of State Mac Warner, the Governor’s Chief of Staff Mike Hall, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Urling, the Governor’s Legislative Director Bob Ashley, Cabinet Secretary of Commerce Ed Gaunch, Cabinet Secretary of Health & Human Services Bill Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety Jeff Sandy, representatives for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Congressman David McKinley, and Steve Roberts and state Chamber.

The registration deadline is Feb. 13. There is no cost for Chamber members to attend. Lunch is complimentary, and has been sponsored by our friends at First Energy. Travel to and from Charleston is the responsibility of the Chamber member, although several have indicated interest in riding down together again this year so we are working to reserve a multi-passenger vehicle to go as a group. (Please let us know at the Chamber if you would like to ride with fellow Chamber members.) A detailed email will be sent out to all registrants prior to the visit with the map, schedule and other important tips for the day.

Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at info@movchamber.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 501 Avery St. in Parkersburg.

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Jill Parsons is the CEO of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber.

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