Greater Chamber Members and Staff "Fly In" to the Nation's Capital

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Prince William County–Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
Press Release
For Immediate Release                       Contact:  Andrea Whaley; Communications Director
Date: May 13, 2010                      (703) 753-7436
Greater Chamber Members and Staff “Fly In” to the Nation’s Capital
Manassas, VA- Taking advantage of the benefits of membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, members and staff of the Prince William County- Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce participated in the Washington, D.C. “fly-in briefing program,” organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 8th.
The day-long event is a chance for business owners and operators from all over the nation to get a glimpse of how they as a community can affect policy change on Capital Hill. Though the Greater Chamber’s group did not have to board a plane to reach the nation’s capital, members were excited by the opportunities that the day presented. The day began with a policy briefing in the offices of the U.S. Chamber regarding Education, Transportation and Health Care. Briefings included legislative updates and top-notch policy experts available for a Q&A session. Says Jonathan Arehart, the Greater Chamber’s Vice Chair of Government Relations, “I thought the US Chamber Fly-In really opened our eyes to the opportunities and resources that the U.S. Chamber can provide for us at a local and regional level. It shows that we can augment our current efforts with the scale and backing of a national organization who has the existing resources to help us reach our goals.”
Participants also had the opportunity to converse with the aides to Congressmen Frank Wolfe and Gerry Connolly, discussing concerns relevant to Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Participants in the day’s events included Legislative Committee Co-Chair C.C. Bartholomew, Long and Foster Realtors; Vice Chair of Government Relations Jonathan Arehart, Cavendo Corporation; Lori Lopez, M&T Bank, Jim Aram, Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC; and Chamber staff members Anita Duecaster and Mary Leslie.
The Greater Chamber’s  2010 Legislative Priorities are available online at For more information on how you can be involved in the Greater Chamber’s efforts to bring opportunities to affect change in our community to your doorstep, contact Kris Johnson at 703-368-6600, ext. 15 or email  
(Staff photo)
(From left –right): Chamber staff member Mary Leslie sits with Mary Lopez, M& T Bank and Jim Aram, Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC as Jonathan Arehart, Cavendo Corporation asks a question about how businesses in our area can affect changes in public policy during their talk with Congressman Frank Wolfe’s Aide (facing away from the camera).
The Prince William County–Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,000 businesses, professionals and organizations in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park and the surrounding area. Since 1935, the Chamber has been a business and community leader. The Chamber’s number one goal is to help its members succeed. For more information, visit our website at or call the Greater Chamber at 703-368-6600. For more information about the benefits of membership, contact Kris Johnson at 703-368-6600, ext. 15, or email Prince William County–Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce ... Your Greater Networking Connection. Also find us on Linkedin, Facebookand Twitter.