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Chamber Spotlight: Tara Andrews, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

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UVA grad student Tara Andrews is the Chamber's summer intern. You can reach her at

Tell us about yourself.
I graduated from UVA this May with a double major in Economics and Religious Studies. I'm now a Master in Public Policy candidate in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. My studies have focused on economic development and international finance, and I hope to pursue a career in economic development research after graduation. I'm originally from New Jersey.

What was your first job?
My first job was playing violin in a mini-orchestra with my violin teacher. We were the music entertainment at weddings, birthday parties, and local festivals. We played all different kinds of music, but my favorite was our annual Irish music performance for St. Patrick's Day.

How did you choose the field you're in?
I have always been drawn to economic development and think focusing on local communities is the best way to help improve people’s material conditions.

What's your favorite thing about the Charlottesville area?
I love the community feeling of Charlottesville. Whether it is going to events or just walking down the street, there is always a friendly face to say hi to.

What is one of your favorite local businesses, and why?
I always stop at Daedalus Bookshop when I am downtown. It has an endless supply of hundreds of used books. I love browsing through the books and sometimes make really great finds! I’ve been able to find first edition copies of some of my favorite books at Daedalus.

What do you like about working with the Chamber?
It’s really clear that the Chamber genuinely cares about the community and supporting businesses in the area.