Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

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The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1913.

Elizabeth Cromwell became the new president on October 1, 2018. [1]

History

The chamber has played a role in economic development in the region for decades. In 1929, the chamber was assisting efforts to attract a rayon plant to the community. [2]

Board of Directors

2021

2015 Executive Committee

Previous Boards

2012 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Other members

Affiliated organizations

Programs

Visits to other places

The Chamber occasionally organizes and pays for trips to other communities. In October 2012, nineteen individuals traveled to Burlington, Vermont for a "journey of learning." They included Cheri Lewis of the Planning Commission, Mike Gaffney and Maurice Cox. Cox said a City Council meeting early in 2003 that Charlottesville could learn a lot from Burlington, and Richards said the community has a lot more power under Vermont law to mandate creation of affordable housing. However, Councilor Rob Schilling pointed out the Vermont city had a tax rate twice that of Charlottesville. [5]

Awards

Reports

Chamber Retail Sales

Albemarle County were $15.1 million; a year-to-year gain of +$988,000.
City of Charlottesville were $11.789 million; a year-to-year gain of +$545,000.
Virginia Department of Taxation retail sales tax data compiled showed that retail sales over the course of 2016 (January – December) compared to the full 2015 year, were up in Albemarle County +6.75%; up in Charlottesville +4.85%; up in Augusta County +5.87%; up in Fluvanna County, +13.96%; up in Greene County, +11.21%; up in Louisa County, +12.75%.[7]

Chamber Jobs Reports

The 2018 Chamber Jobs Report marked the fifteenth year in which the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has reported comprehensively on the jobs landscape of the Greater Charlottesville communities the Chamber serves.
  • 2017 Chambers Jobs Report:
  • 2016 Chambers Jobs Report:[9]
Data showed that over the full year prior (2015), “Trade, Transportation & Utilities” held the largest segment of jobs, 17,183 or 19.9%; of all private sector jobs, within the Greater Charlottesville region, are in “Trade, Transportation & Utilities;” most of those jobs in retail. Notably, Wegmans, a leading supermarket company, that opened in late Fall 2016, with 550 people hired for jobs at its new Albemarle location, was not included in that report.

State of the Community

In February 2022, the Chamber held the first ever State of the Community event at which leaders from the University of Virginia, Albemarle County, and Charlottesville spoke.

External Links

References

  1. Web. Chamber Announces New President, Elizabeth Cromwell, Press Release, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 10, 2018, retrieved January 22, 2021.
  2. Web. City Seeking Rayon Plant, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 24, 1948, retrieved January 21, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  3. Web. 2021 Chamber Board of Directors, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved January 22, 2021.
  4. Web. 2013 Board of Directors, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved April 15, 2013.
  5. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 6, 2003.
  6. Web. Chamber Report: 2016 Retail Sales Record Year, Staff, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, Monday, March 6, 2017, retrieved Sunday, January 31, 2021.
  7. Web. Annual Report, Virginia Department of Taxation, retrieved January 31, 2021.
  8. https://wordpressstorageaccount.blob.core.windows.net/wp-media/wp-content/uploads/sites/1221/2019/09/JobsReport-2018-FINAL-7.26.18-with-Sponsors.pdf
  9. Web. Chamber Report: 2016 Retail Sales Record Year, Staff, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, Monday, March 6, 2017, retrieved Sunday, January 31, 2021.