Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on Washington-area economy is focus of April 2 webinar presented by NOVA EDA and chamber partners

Fairfax County, Virginia — How the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will affect the Washington, D.C.-area economy is the focus of an April 2 live webinar to be presented by the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance (NOVA EDA).

Jeannette Chapman, director of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute at George Mason University, will present findings of the institute’s first report on the pandemic. The webinar will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Click here to register for the free event.

Alex Iams, executive vice president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), will follow Chapman to describe local, regional, state and federal resources available to help businesses affected by the coronavirus emergency.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce are partners in this event.

“We know the COVID-19 pandemic is going to take an unprecedented toll on the Washington-area economy, just as it will on regional economies around the globe, and businesses need to understand that impact as they decide how they will respond to it,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA. “I thank Jeannette Chapman for bringing her expertise to this subject and to our chamber partners for their work to inform the business community and connect businesses with the resources they need to withstand this crisis. Working together, we will get through this and create a stronger economy.”

The FCEDA is a member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance, which promotes and markets Northern Virginia outside the region and conducts activities and events to build the regional business community. Other members of NOVA EDA are the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Arlington County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park and the Prince William County Department of Economic Development.

About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce:

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, is the preeminent Northern Virginia membership organization for businesses to grow through relationship building and partnership engagement throughout the Greater Washington region. 700 organizations and 500,000 employees strong, the Northern Virginia Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in Northern Virginia and has been working hand-in-hand with regional businesses, government, and academia to build a robust and innovative business community for more than 90 years.

About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce:

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for Virginia. In December 2017, the Chamber released an update to its long-term strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025, which engaged over 6,000 business and community leaders to lay out a plan to getting Virginia back to the top of national business climate rankings.