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Schmoozing with Elected Officials at the Westin

Michael Gryboski
By Michael Gryboski
Posted on Jun 16,2010
Filed Under News , Community,

Photo by John Arundel <br /> <br />Mayor Bill Euille (D) <br />
Photo by John Arundel
Mayor Bill Euille (D)

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Last Wednesday, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Reception at the Westin Alexandria in Old Town.
Invited guests from many local businesses got to meet their elected representatives in a casual environment of socializing with finger foods and an open bar.
The event began with a meet and greet, as people signed in at the front and proceeded to enter the large meeting room.
After awhile, as the room became filled with people, ACC president and CEO Tina Leone welcomed everyone, thanked the annual sponsors as well as Dominion Power, which was the sponsor of the evening’s event.
Next to speak was Deborah Johnson, a representative from Dominion Power, who expressed gratitude regarding the ACC’s endeavors.
“This is a very close community,” Johnson said before the crowd, “we really appreciate the access we have to all of our representatives.”
After Johnson spoke, elected officials present were summoned to the front of the room for introductions.
Among those present included Mayor Bill Euille, Delegate Adam Ebbin, Delegate David Englin, City Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, City Councilman Frank Fannon, and State Senator George Barker (D-VA 39th).
Though slated to appear Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA 8th) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA 11th) were not present for the introduction due to other commitments.
With the elected officials formally introduced, the Chair of the Government Relations Committee of ACC Andrew Palmieri took the microphone, telling everyone that he will be “uncharacteristically brief” in his remarks.
“This is a very important program for the government relations committee,” Palmieri said, who then went on mention the various business-related legislative items the committee has been involved in.
“I would invite all of you to please become active in the Chamber and with the Government Relations Committee. We are the best committee the chamber has,” said Palmieri, eliciting laughter.
Once the formalities were concluded, people returned to socializing among one another, handing out business cards, and getting drinks from the open bar.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 with the intention of representing the business community in legislative affairs. For more information, visit their website at

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