A Message From Our CEO: Looking Ahead With Hope For the Future

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Every four years our Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region plays host to one of the most visible and impressive events in the world: our nation’s Presidential Inauguration. Traditionally this has been a peaceful, respectful day highlighted by a parade, tens of thousands of cheering people, and a series of celebrations. Tomorrow’s day promises to be a radically different event. Yes, there will still be thousands of people, but this time they will be in uniform and armed behind razor wire.

I had originally planned to write a more traditional message that wished our new President and his cabinet well and supported our own Northern Virginia community through our Chamber’s new year’s plans. I would have written that message regardless of who had won the election because showing respect to our political process is how democracy survives and thrives. Somehow, in a matter of hours, people supporting their own agenda rendered that kind of message completely inadequate to meet the demands of the moment. 

Last week the Chamber publicly condemned the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol. Our priority is always positive business opportunity and growth within our community, which leaves no room for those who seek political advantage through violence and hate. I stand by that mission, as does our Board and, I firmly believe, our broader Chamber community.

As residents of this region, we are perhaps more deeply affected by last week’s events. We hold true concerns for our Washington, D.C. neighbors and business friends. These last eleven months would have been a challenge without the addition of violence, but violence did happen…in our backyard and at our Capital. It is up to us to shoulder on and work toward a better future that embraces inclusivity, allows for peaceful disagreement, supports those who need a helping hand, and respects our processes. 

Please join me in a wish for peace as we face our challenges and pursue a path of prosperity this year, and for many more years to come.


Julie Coons

President and CEO

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce