Roanoke Chamber pushes workforce development during visit to Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) Leaders of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce were in Richmond Tuesday, advocating for programs they hope can win bipartisan support.

We spoke with Chamber President Joyce Waugh and Vice President of Public Policy Rebekah Gunn.

This year, they say a top priority is additional funding for workforce development.

"Workforce development shouldn't be a partisan issue," Gunn told WDBJ7. "This program is really strong because it gives students access to better education and better paying jobs when they finish their licenses and credentials.

"We need, desperately a better more credentialed workforce," Waugh said, "and this is a major step in that direction."

Representatives of more than a dozen chambers in our region also met with lawmakers at a reception Tuesday night in Richmond.