Blog post by Christine Ross
Christine Ross, the president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, has 20 years of leadership experience in the business community. She is a visionary coalition builder guiding the Maryland Chamber’s efforts to improve competitiveness, attract and retain talent, grow jobs, engage the community and provide legislative advocacy.
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the strength and diversity of our coalition was on full display as 65 business members journeyed to Washington, D.C. to spend time with our friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and elected leaders on Capitol Hill. Our Congressional Roundup provided the opportunity to educate lawmakers about the positive steps our employers are taking to advance job creation and economic growth in Maryland and how job creators are addressing the triple bottom line – the economic, social and environmental welfare of the state. We shared our concerns about rising health care costs, retirement account access, education, immigration policy and our desire to see the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement passed.
In turn, we heard about international trade and real facts and figures about the negative impacts of the Administration’s tariff policies. We heard about innovative talent pipeline initiatives and tactics associations can implement to forge more meaningful partnerships with government and educational institutions. We listened to strategies that would create sensible immigration policies that also recognize the real need for labor and so much more.
We were grateful to Majority Leader, Congressman Steny Hoyer; Senator Ben Cardin; Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger; Congressman David Trone; and Senator Chris Van Hollen for spending quality time talking to the business community about their important work.
At the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, we know for a fact that we are stronger together in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. It was a productive day full of candid conversations. We hope you’ll join us next September.
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