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The Bedford Area Chamber’s Advocacy efforts focus on creating an atmosphere in which business can
succeed, create jobs and the region can flourish. As the primary voice of business we work with local,
state and federal policymakers on issues that improve the business environment. 

The mission of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee is to develop
legislative positions and propose legislative changes that will benefit Chamber members, preserve a
healthy regulatory business climate and promote growth within the Town of Bedford and Bedford
County.

The BACC Government Affairs Committee works as a unified voice on issues that affect the business
community. Meeting each month, the committee discusses business-related issues, formulates
positions and sponsors events. The committee is involved in a number of activities including the Annual
Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast; Annual Town Hall Meeting; Chamber Day at the Capitol-Lobbying day in
Richmond; candidates’ forums; and various roundtables related to healthcare, transportation,
broadband, education and more.

Click on the links below to download current policies and resolutions of support.
2016 Legislative Policies
Passenger Rail Letter of Support
Resolution to support School Funding FY 15-16

In addition to our role as a policy advocate, we are a community partner, participating in regional
coalitions that advocate for issues that affect the broader region.

The Bedford Area Chamber is a member of the Virginia West Business and Legislative Coalition (VA
West), a coalition of 15 chambers in Western Virginia. The coalition provides a focused business voice
on key legislative and transportation issues and serves as a key facilitator of dialogue between
lawmakers and the business community in Central, Southwestern and Southside Virginia.

BFRRI - Bedford Franklin Regional Rail Initiative

The Bedford Area Chamber also plays an active role as a member of the Bedford Franklin Regional Rail

Initiative (BFRRI). This initiative urges the Commonwealth to once again reconsider a rail stop in
Bedford. We find it inconceivable that train service might be routed through the heart of our region but
would deny our businesses and citizens convenient access along with the economic development and
increased tourism that would surely result.

Town of Bedford Passenger Rail Station Feasibility Study & Conceptual Plan

For more information regarding the BFRRI or to support a rail stop in Bedford by signing the online
petition click on the links below.
BFRRI White Paper-Rationale for a Bedford Amtrak Station
Sign the Online Petition Here