VA Secretary of Transportation to Speak at Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon

from Staff Reports

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Free Enterprise Forum today announced that Sean T. Connaughton, Virginia Secretary of Transportation, will be the featured speaker at 10rel27a (connaughton pix) the upcoming 2010 Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheonunderwritten by University of Virginia Community Credit Union. The Luncheon gathers and begins at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, September 21st, at the Holiday Inn – University Area, on Emmet Street in Charlottesville.  Each year upwards of 200 business persons and civic leaders or more are expected to attend this engaging event.

Each year the Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon strives to feature a topical public policy issue of general and direct concern to area business and civic leaders. Transportation, of course, is always an engaging topic and Secretary Connaughton has a broad charge from his boss, Governor Robert McDonnell.

“We are honored to have Secretary Connaughton share his perspective and plans to improve Virginia’s transportation network,” said W. Rod Gentry, Regional Retail Executive for Union Market Bank who serves as the 2010 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors. “And I’m sure we’ll also have some ideas for him.”

In appointing Secretary Connaughton, the Governor said, “He agrees with me we must be much faster and more efficient in transportation planning and decision making. And his overall background in transportation law and policy give him a broad perspective on this multi-faceted issue, the kind of perspective that is invaluable in a diverse state such as Virginia.” Secretary Connaughton oversees seven state agencies with more than 9,700 employees and combined annual budgets of $4 billion. He and his staff are compiling a list of ideas to make Virginia’s transportation laws and programs more efficient and effective. This growing list is being developed from a wide variety of sources and focus on four general categories: state code initiatives, federal initiatives, administrative initiatives and funding.

Free Enterprise Forum President Neil Williamson said, “I am proud to have the Secretary join us in the heart of the US29 Corridor to discuss the McDonnell Administration’s vision for transportation in the 21st Century.”

More than 200 business and community leaders are expected to attend the 2010 Luncheon. Cost to attend is $40 per Chamber and Free Enterprise Forum members or guests. For more information contact the Chamber at: 434.295.3141 or


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