(Charlottesville, Virginia � January 22, 2012) The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced its �general support for Governor Robert McDonnell�s transportation funding initiative.� The Chamber Board of Directors approved the Chamber support in a Chamber Resolution approved at the Board�s January meeting held earlier today at the Holiday Inn � University Area in Charlottesville.
The Chamber commended Governor McDonnell and leaders of the Virginia General Assembly �for their leadership, to more fully fund the currently unmet and growing transportation needs of our Commonwealth of Virginia.�
In its support, the Chamber also expressed its �expectation� that concerns for: funding for �other core responsibilities of the Commonwealth;� maintenance of funding for environmental mediation of leaking motor fuel storage tanks; and, the possible �impediment� to alternative-fuel motor vehicles the proposed $100 fee might have; be addressed. The Chamber also strongly supports �strong statutory protection that transportation trust funds be dedicated solely� for transportation purposes.
�Solving the Commonwealth�s transportation problems, that continue to diminish the quality of life of our citizens and impede our economic vitality, requires more state funding,� said Valerie Long, Esq., Partner at Williams Mullen, who serves as the 2013 Chair of the Board of Directors, quoting the Chamber�s resolution and long-standing advocacy. �Our Chamber encourages the General Assembly to enact a sound transportation funding plan to further enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of our Greater Charlottesville region and our Commonwealth.�