Happy New Year! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the vibrant Springfield business community which contributes to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s efforts.
Over many years, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has successfully brought local businesses together to nurture and grow businesses, address important policy issues and make the Greater Springfield area a better place. Small businesses are what make the local economy thrive and in 2016 I urge you to continue to pursue entrepreneurial efforts. Over half of all employees in the U.S. work for a small business, and two out of every three new jobs created are created by small businesses. You and your success are critical to the future of Fairfax County and our nation.
There are challenges, including numerous fees, over-regulation and the burdens government at all levels places on our small businesses. You have my promise that addressing these obstacles, especially in Fairfax County’s zoning and permitting processes, will continue to be a priority for me.
2016 will bring Fairfax County many challenges including addressing a significant budget shortfall on both the county and school sides, continuing to improve government transparency for our citizens, tackling the rise of heroin and prescription drug abuse and relieving traffic congestion in the region. You have my commitment that I will think of the impact on small businesses as I work through these issues at the county and state level.
I applaud the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s continued advocacy for the area and community. Because of the open, positive dialog I have had with the Chamber, you have enabled me to implement many positive changes and common sense solutions for the betterment of Fairfax County. I look forward to continuing that relationship.
Patrick Herrity serves the Springfield Magisterial District as supervisor. He writes for the Chamber throughout the year. Supervisor Herrity invites you to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.