In order to serve its members better and more efficiently, the Chamber is uniquely organized into chapters headed by Vice Presidents who are also voting members of the Board of Directors. Each Chapter consists of dues-paying members who either work or own businesses locally. Chapters are not independent entities. They must abide by the Chamber's bylaws and Board policies, but are semi-autonomous in the sense that they may choose special initiatives designed to meet their unique local needs. Chapters are supported by Leadership Councils that are composed of a select group of local business and community leaders who are also Chapter members. Councils assist Vice Presidents in recruiting new members and in planning and implementing activities.
Chapter officers hold networking and business activities, organize business initiatives, support community projects, recruit new members and help deliver services to the local membership. Because of their close geographic proximity, Chapter members know each other and their community well and thus, they are better prepared to work on local issues that impact their collective business interests.
The Board of Directors approves the formation of a chapter on an interim basis when it is notified that there is local interest to create one and the staff has identified a local business leader who is willing to assume responsibility in organizing it. The Chapter is formally recognized by the Board when it reaches at least 10 dues-paying members in good standing.
Sometimes, Chapters are clustered into regions for geographic, economic activity or historic reasons. Our most important regions are:
- Northern Virginia: It extends from the City of Alexandria to Loudoun County and to Prince William County in the South. Also, it includes Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties;
- Central Virginia: It emcompasses Stafford, King George, Caroline and Spotsylvania Counties;
- South Hampton Roads: It includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, five incorporated towns, and Surry and Isle of Wight Counties;
- I-81 Quad-State Corridor: It runs along U.S. Interstate 81 from Culpeper to Chambersburg and includes the cities of Winchester, VA; Martinsburg, WV; Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Chambersburg, PA; and their respective counties;
- I-270 Corridor: Also called the Technology Corridor, it includes the Maryland Counties of Montgomery and Frederick;
- I-95 Corridor: It consists of the Maryland Counties of Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Howard, Baltimore, Carroll and Hartford, and the City of Baltimore; and,
- Western Maryland: It is formed by Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties.
As of December 2010, the following Chapters had been established:
Washington, District of Columbia
- Martinsburg - Eastern Panhandle
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