Valley chamber participates in annual Chamber Day

HARRISBURG – With the state budget deadline quickly approaching and the general election right around the corner, more than 100 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg on June 5 for the 2018 Chamber Day at the State Capitol. 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 officers and key policymakers on key issues important to the state’s business community and the best ways to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.

“This was a very important event for our local chamber to be part of”, said Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rhonda Moore. “Many of the topics discussed have a direct impact on our community, such as the discussion on the opioid crisis, the workforce development panel discussion on the employee shortages many of our manufacturers are facing, etc.” “It is also a great opportunity to interact with chambers across the state to share ideas and concerns.”

In addition to Moore, Kasey Johnson, administrative coordinator; and Barbara Harer, Board vice-chair, also attended.

Participants met with several elected officials throughout the day including: Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson; Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny; House Appropriations Majority Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York; and Democratic Chairman Joseph Markosek, D-Allegheny. The keynote luncheon speaker was republican gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Scott Wagner. The event also featured policy discussions on a variety of critical topics including: the upcoming 2018-19 state budget, the state’s opioid epidemic, workforce development, federal issues that impact employers, as well as the upcoming 2018 general election.