With a new report released last week, Virginia may be reversing the slide from its traditional spot as one of the nation’s highest rated states in which to do business. An upcoming Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce forum will put a spotlight on those efforts.
In the CNBC Best States for Business 2017 report released last week, Virginia ranked as the 13th best state to do business in 2016—up six places since the previous year. The ranking still is lower than the number eight spot Virginia was given shortly after the Governor took office in 2014.
The July 27 State of the Virginia Economy forum is part of the Chamber’s PolicyMaker Series. The featured speakers will be John O. “Dubby” Wynne, chairman of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board; James W. Dyke Jr., a member of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board; and Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
The 24-member Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board was created by the General Assembly in 2016 to promote collaborative regional economic and workforce development opportunities and activities. It has helped launch dual statewide and regional initiatives—GO Virginia and Blueprint Virginia—to spur investment in high growth industries and create high-paying jobs.
The breakfast meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Dulles Airport Marriot. Go to loudounchamber.org for registration and details.