Food and cocktails always help spur conversation.
At the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception Wednesday evening, there was plenty of all three.
With a huge turnout for the reception, preceded by a special-access VIP event, the mood in the Loews Annapolis Hotel grand ballrooms was energetic and positive. Professionals at every level in industries from sales to cybersecurity connected with one another, and with legislators and government executive officials, at an annual event designed to maximize one-on-one access in a no-pressure atmosphere.
“This is a good night,” Chamber President & CEO Christine Ross told the full ballroom. “This is a night when you all get to talk directly with one another, get to know each other a little bit, and talk about the things that matter to you as individuals and employers and legislators.”
Ross outlined the Chamber’s priorities for the 2017 General Assembly, now in its third week. The Chamber’s government affairs team, along with its issues and legislative committees, are focusing on bills pertaining to mandatory paid leave; clean extraction of natural gas; proposed minimum wage increases; restrictive scheduling; legal damage liabilities; tax credits for manufacturing, research and development, and internships; mandatory unitary combined reporting; transportation; and education.
“You will hear from us on those issues, and we want to hear from you on those issues,” Ross said.
It was a call to action that many people understood immediately.
“We cannot afford not to get engaged with the Maryland Chamber and support it generously,” Chamber Board Chairwoman Sheela Murthy said after the event. “It is the classic win-win if we do things right as we help grow business, help the economy, and help Maryland workers succeed and thrive.”
The Legislative Reception is a key part of the Chamber’s mission to advance Maryland as a leader in economic growth and private sector job creation, and its commitment to helping members grow and prosper.
“We need each other,” said Chamber Board Chairwoman Sheela Murthy enthusiastically at the event. “So let’s work together, share information, and come up with a common agenda to get everyone excited about how to move Maryland forward.”
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce thanks the following sponsors for their support:
Bank of America
McCormick & Co.
Potomac Edison/First Energy
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Washington National Gas
Dominion Resources, Inc.
Maryland Association of Realtors
Maryland Petroleum Council
See you at the Congressional Delegation Dinner on March 6!