FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, May 16, 2014
Virginia Chamber Recognizes Delegate Comstock With Economic Competitiveness Award and Champion of Free Enterprise Award
McLean, VA- Delegate Comstock (R-34) released the following statement upon receiving the Economic Competitiveness Award, Champion of Free Enterprise Award and an A/100 rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Legislative Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 15th:
"I am honored to receive the 'Economic Competitiveness Award' and the "Champion of Free Enterprise Award" for my bill, HB 1220, "Virginia's R&D Tax Expense Credit" in addition to an A+ rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. HB 1220 encourages additional research investment in the Commonwealth by strengthening the existing tax credit and increasing the relevance of the credit to a broader set of businesses. This legislation will promote innovation and job creation across Virginia, boost industry sponsored research and collaboration with Virginia's universities and continue to diversify Virginia's economy.
"I'm proud to receive this award for championing policies that foster job growth, increase competition and provide more jobs for the citizens of the Commonwealth. I thank the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for continuing to work with us in the General Assembly to promote a thriving economy in the Commonwealth and keep Virginia a top state for jobs."
"We applaud Barbara's efforts in supporting the principles outlined in Blueprint Virginia. With the support of pro-business legislators like Barbara, we can continue to strengthen Virginia's business climate and maintain Virginia's ranking as the Best State for Business," said Barry DuVal, President and CEO, VA Chamber.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the state's largest business advocacy organization with more than 13,000 members. As the voice for business, the Chamber works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as a catalyst for enhancing Virginia's economic competitiveness and pro-business climate.
For a PDF version of the 2014 Legislative Report Card, please visit www.vachamber.com.
Delegate Comstock currently serves as the Chairwoman of the House Science and Technology Committee. She also serves on the House Commerce and Labor and the House Transportation Committees. Delegate Comstock represents parts of McLean, Great Falls and Vienna in Fairfax County and parts of eastern Loudoun County.