As the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry celebrates 100 years as “The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM,” we are entering into a new century making our advocacy, education and political action operations even more
dynamic. As part of this commitment we are pleased to announce that the agreement to combine operations with the Pennsylvania Business Council has been finalized.
While the possibility of combining the two powerful organizations had been discussed on and off over the past 20 years, the conversation was renewed in earnest several years ago and an announcement was made in June that an agreement had been reached to combine operations.
This potent combination of membership, vision and resources of the business community creates one of the strongest and most effective groups in the state for developing and advocating pro-growth public policies.
“This has been a milestone year for the PA Chamber,” said PA Chamber President Gene Barr. “As we continue to celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are excited about this new chapter as we look to strengthen our outreach on behalf of the Commonwealth’s broad-based business community. With both organizations working on many of the same pro-business policy goals, joining forces just made sense. Our combination allows for a more effective utilization of resources and will bolster our government advocacy, political action and educational efforts.”
All PBC operations – including the PBC Policy Roundtable, PEG PAC, and the PBC Education Foundation – now fall under the purview of the PA Chamber. PBC members will receive the same benefits they received prior to the combination, along with the benefits of PA Chamber membership. Under the terms of the agreement, three members of the PBC Board of Directors will become board members of the PA Chamber.
“This is a great move for the state’s business community,” Barr added. “Combining operations will lead to a more unified and robust voice in fighting to improve Pennsylvania’s economic climate, increase private sector job-growth and put the Commonwealth on a path towards economic prosperity.”