Workforce Development, State Budget Discussed at 2019 Chamber Day
Annual event brings more than 90 state and local chamber professionals to PA Capitol
Harrisburg – More than 90 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today for the 2019 Chamber Day at the State Capitol. The annual event is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals during one of the busiest times of the year in the Capitol, as state elected officials work to finalize the 2019-20 budget. The event provides a forum for constructive dialogue between local chamber officers and policymakers on key issues important to the state’s business community and the best ways to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.
“Attending Chamber Day is a great way for me to meet other chamber leaders from across the state, and hear about the work legislators are doing in our regions”, says Briana Tomack, GLLV Chamber President.
The program featured several panel discussions focusing on a wide range of topics, including workforce development; transportation and infrastructure in the Commonwealth; and community revitalization. Welcoming remarks were provided by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson), and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny). Attendees received an update on the status of state budget negotiations from the Appropriations Committee Chairs from each legislative chamber: Senate Majority Chair Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), and Minority Chair Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia); and House Majority Chair Stan Saylor (R-York), and House Minority Chair Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery). State Treasurer Joe Torsella delivered the keynote luncheon address.
In addition to the PA Chamber and the PACP, the 2019 Chamber Day at the Capitol was sponsored by the following organizations: Beaver County Chamber, Bedford County Chamber, Blair County Chamber, Central PA Chamber, Chester County Chamber, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Greater West Chester Chamber, Lancaster Chamber, Lebanon Valley Chamber, Main Line Chamber, Schuylkill Chamber, Western Chester County Chamber, Westmoreland Chamber, and Wyoming County Chamber.