Chamber of Commerce releases collaboration report

The second anniversary of the pandemic is approaching and almost every organization across Virginia have been transformed in some way. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has released a report highlighting some of the partnerships it has undertaken during the challenging times. 

These include Venture Central, a project to help encourage regional entrepreneurship fueled by a $300,000 grant from GO Virginia. Other parties include Albemarle, Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia. 

There’s also the Leadership Charlottesville program, where people from different positions come together for a series of lessons and training about the community. The program was not held in 2021 due to the pandemic but will relaunch this September with support from the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. A sneak peak is being held on March 9 where you can learn more about the application process. 

Another Chamber initiative is the Charlottesville Area Development Roundtable (CADRE) which works to influence land use policy. Last year their work was focused on the Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by Council in November. This year that group will work on the zoning rewrite that is now underway. 

Other Chamber programs include the Minority Business Alliance, the Hospitality Professionals Roundtable, and the Defense Affairs Committee

On Friday, the Chamber will present their first ever State of the Community at the CODE Building. Registration has been closed. 

Read the Collab report for more information  

Before you go: The time to write and research of this article is covered by paid subscribers to Charlottesville Community Engagement. In fact, this particular installment comes from the February 16, 2022 edition of the program. To ensure this research can be sustained, please consider becoming a paid subscriber or contributing monthly through Patreon.

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