Erie Regional Chamber Participates in Annual Chamber Day
Harrisburg – With businesses across the Commonwealth continuing to struggle as the economy re-opens, more than 35 local chambers from across the state joined with the PA Chamber for the 2021 Chamber Day including the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. The annual event, which is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, provides a forum for constructive dialogue between local chamber officials and state policymakers on issues important to the state’s business community.
"Maintaining an active presense in Harrisburg is one of our top priorities on behalf of the business community," said Lesley Ridge Allen, Vice President of Business Engagement for the Erie Regional Chamber. "We appreciate the opportunity to partner with organizations like the PA Chamber and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals to represent Northwestern Pennsylvania businesses and ensure elected officials know about our most pressing issues coming out of the pandemic as well as the opportunities on the horizon for our region."
In a departure from past Chamber Days, this year’s event was held virtually. Over the course of two days, participants met with several state elected officials, including: Governor Tom Wolf; Senate Majority Whip John Gordner, R-Columbia; House Majority Whip Donna Oberlander, R-Clarion; Senate Majority Caucus Secretary and Prioritize PA leader Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster; House Majority Caucus Chair George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland; House Democratic Transportation Committee Chair Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne; Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chair Gene Yaw, R-Bradford; House Economic Recovery Task Force Leader Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne; and Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene. Panel discussions also included representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office and the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors.
The event featured policy discussions on a variety of critical topics, including: the upcoming 2021-22 state budget; Pennsylvania’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; transportation funding and energy policy on both the state and federal level.
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 Business™.
The Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP) is the professional development organization for chamber of commerce professionals within Pennsylvania. The mission of PACP is to enhance the quality and relevance of chamber management in the Commonwealth of PA. To achieve this mission, PACP is dedicated to providing direct professional assistance and continuous quality education in professional and organizational development to its members.