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For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019

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Workforce Development, State Budget Discussed at 2019 Chamber Day

Annual event brings more than 90 state and local chamber professionals to PA Capitol

HARRISBURG - More than 90 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today 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 and the best ways to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.


“Each year, Chamber Day provides an invaluable opportunity for representatives of local business communities to come together and collectively advocate for pro-growth measures that will help to improve the state’s economic climate,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “Our local chamber partners play a critical role in promoting the needs and challenges of their respective regions and in identifying policies that will help businesses of all sizes across the Commonwealth to thrive.  We’re pleased that so many local chambers were able to participate in this year’s event.”


The program featured several panel discussions focusing on a wide range of topics, including workforce development; transportation and infrastructure in the Commonwealth; and community revitalization.  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. 


“Chamber Day is not only one of the best professional development and networking opportunities that PACP has to offer, it’s the single best platform for Chamber professionals across the Commonwealth to represent our members and their interests to our elected officials,” said Cambria Regional Chamber Vice President and PACP Board Chair Debra Orner.  “The opportunity for legislators to interact with representatives of thousands of businesses is invaluable.”


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.


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.