On Friday, Oct. 14, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Luke Bernstein delivered the keynote address to attendees of the Legislation Education Advocacy Day (LEAD) event in Wilkes Barre.
Hosted by the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with other local chambers across northeast Pennsylvania, LEAD brings together elected officials, chambers, and small businesses each year for an opportunity to learn about advocacy on the local and state level.
Bernstein stressed the importance of individuals getting involved in their local chambers of commerce and the successes that can be driven from the local level.
“The most effective partnerships start from the bottom up—meaning with local individuals advocating to drive solutions to problems they’re facing every day,” Bernstein said. “That’s why our work with local chambers is so critical. They’re our eyes and ears on the ground. They know their communities, and the businesses and people in them, better than anyone else.”
Bernstein pointed to the recent effort to successfully reduce Pennsylvania’s Corporate Net Income tax from 9.99 percent to 4.99 percent by 2031 as an example of the accomplishments that can be achieved when people get involved and work together.
“No matter where we come from, when we come together for Pennsylvania, great things happen,” Bernstein said. “The CNI reduction is proof of that. This reform will lead to increased job growth and investment across Pennsylvania. And, given the many advantages in northeast Pennsylvania, this region is primed for further investment.”
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