More than 80 chamber of chamber professionals and business leaders from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today for the 2022 Chamber Day at the State Capitol. The annual event, co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, includes policy discussions with key public officials and provides an opportunity for chambers to advocate on behalf of the employer community to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.
“Chamber Day provides an invaluable opportunity for our chamber community partners and local business leaders to come together and collectively advocate for a pro-growth agenda to improve Pennsylvania’s economic climate,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “Chambers of commerce play a critical role representing employers in their respective regions and advocating for policies that will help businesses and communities across the Commonwealth thrive.”
The day opened with welcoming remarks from Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and proceeded with a series of panel discussions focusing on a range of topics including transportation and infrastructure; workforce development and the 2022 elections. Attendees were also briefed on the status of state budget negotiations from House Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Jesse Topper, R-Bedford; and House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chair Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery; and were provided a state economic overview from PA Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel.
“We value the opportunity to come together as a chamber community each year during the budget process to discuss issues of importance to the business community,” said Fred Gaffney, President of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce and PACP Board Chair. “Thank you to the PA Chamber for their tremendous support and assistance with this annual event.”
In addition to the PA Chamber and PACP, the event was also sponsored by PA Chamber member Airbnb as well as the Butler County Chamber, Fayette Chamber, Schuylkill Chamber, Western Chester County Chamber, Bedford County Chamber, Blair County Chamber, Clarion Area Chamber, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber, Lebanon Valley Chamber, Main Line Chamber, West Shore 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.