More than 90 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 4, for the 2019 Chamber Day at the State Capitol. The annual event is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals during one of the busiest times of the year in the Capitol, as state elected officials work to finalize the 2019-20 budget. The event provides a forum for constructive dialogue between local chamber officers and policymakers on key issues important to the state’s business community.
“This event ensures we as multiple Chambers across the State have a collective opportunity to speak to a variety of business issues and objectives,” says Gail A. Landis, C.P.M., Senior Vice President – Government & Community Relations at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. “Having this dialogue between policymakers and Chamber business representatives is crucial in creating a successful business climate.”
Welcoming remarks were provided by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny. Attendees received an update on the status of state budget negotiations from the Appropriations Committee Chairs from each legislative chamber: Senate Majority Chair Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Minority Chair Vince Hughes, D-Philadelphia; and House Majority Chair Stan Saylor, R-York, and House Minority Chair Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery. State Treasurer Joe Torsella delivered the keynote luncheon address.
The program featured a panel discussion on workforce development; Jennie Granger, Deputy Secretary, Multimodal Transportation, PennDOT provided an update on transportation and infrastructure in the Commonwealth; and Kim Bracey, Executive Director, Governor’s Center for Local Government shared information on community revitalization.
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance also made time during the day to meet with Luz B. Colón, Executive Director, Governor’s Advisory Commission On Latino Affairs – Office of the Governor to discuss programs and opportunities to support Latino business initiatives.
In addition to the PA Chamber and the PACP, the 2019 Chamber Day at the Capitol was sponsored by the following organizations: Beaver County Chamber, Bedford County Chamber, Blair County Chamber, Central PA Chamber, Chester County Chamber, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Greater West Chester Chamber, Lancaster Chamber, Lebanon Valley Chamber, Main Line Chamber, Schuylkill Chamber, Western Chester County Chamber, Westmoreland Chamber, and Wyoming County Chamber.