• QuadExhibitor 2014
  • 2.21.13.CarterandLiza
  • Mentoring Program 2014
  • LC Graduating Class 2014
  • Tim Kaine & Hollie Lee
  • Express Ribbon Cutting
  • 9.18.12.CMBC1
  • molly akeel quad
  • 8.13.14 BWRT Social
  • Quad2014SpeedNetworkingStephanie
  • Business After Hours @ Hilton Garden Inn
  • Toan Nguyen LCAA Luncheon
  • Feb2014QuadReg
  • luncheon
Message from the Chair

A Message from the Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors

Dr. Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College

I am honored to have been selected to serve as the 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has a recent history of outstanding Board Chairs including Valerie Long, Patricia Cluff, Bryan Thomas, Rod Gentry, Chris Lee, and Bob Hodous. I will strive to emulate the integrity, vision and leadership displayed by these and other past Chamber Chairs.

The Chamber serves its 1,000+ member and affiliate member enterprises through our large and active business network; by being their voice in civic matters; and, by launching initiatives that promote business and enhance the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville region.  The Chamber helps promote economic vitality by helping to create and sustain a vibrant community climate to support business growth and by assisting individual businesses and civic organizations to grow their enterprise.

Although I serve as President of a non-profit education enterprise, I recognize the importance of a prosperous business community in creating a successful community.  A thriving business community creates jobs which pay the wages that enable families to attain an outstanding standard of living.  Challenging, gratifying jobs also give people a purpose in life and help each of us to achieve our individual potential.  Meaningful work, with good pay, also contributes to the development of a caring community where people support charities and social services to assist those who are less fortunate.  In other words, economic vitality and growth leads to individual opportunity which promotes a strong community.

One of my goals is for our Chamber to be a leader in promoting the growth of career-ladder jobs and providing access for all citizens to the education and training needed to qualify for these jobs.

I look forward to working with our Chamber Board of Directors, our civic leaders and all of our Chamber members to continue to make the Greater Charlottesville region the best place to live, work and raise a family.

Thank you.

Dr. Frank Friedman, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors

President, Piedmont Virginia Community College