Kingsport Times News Thursday, October 23, 2014

Local News Business & Technology

Virginia Chamber names Kilgore top legislator

May 17th, 2014 9:15 am by Wes Bunch

Virginia Chamber  names Kilgore top legislator

TERRY KILGORE

Delegate Terry Kilgore solidified his pro-business credentials this week by being named the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Legislator of the Year.

Kilgore, R-Gate City, was given the award Thursday night during the state Chamber's 90th Anniversary Legislator Awards Recognition Dinner in Arlington, Va.

The Legislator of the Year award is given to the lawmaker the Virginia Chamber feels demonstrates outstanding leadership on pro-business issues and advocates for a free enterprise system.

Kilgore said he was honored by the recognition.

"I'm very honored and humbled to receive this award from the Chamber," Kilgore said. "They've worked really hard over the last 10 years with the General Assembly presenting their positions on bills, and it's great to work with them because they really are the voice of businesses all over Virginia."

In giving Kilgore the award, the Virginia Chamber praised Kilgore for "fight(ing) to strengthen Virginia's economy and establish predictability and stability with Virginia's business climate."

The Chamber's 2014 Blueprint to Action, which contained the organizations newly released legislative report card, cited Kilgore's role as chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

Kilgore's work in advancing a "pro-business" legislative agenda including protection of intellectual property, work force development advancement and opposing increases to the cost of hiring and retaining workers, according to the Chamber.

Kilgore said his work improving work force development was among the achievements he is most proud of.

"One of the things we've worked on is work force training and trying to streamline that," Kilgore said. "I'm extremely proud of that, as well as some of the things we're doing to make it a seamless process for businesses to locate to Virginia."

Kilgore said his work to boost economic development in the region is also aided by his position as chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

"With the Tobacco Commission, we are traveling around Southwest and Southside Virginia, touting what we're doing and what we can offer Virginia," Kilgore said. "For me, that's work that has been very satisfying. We just try to get one project done and go on to the next one."

Kilgore received a score of 100 percent on his Virginia Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card and was named one of the state's "Champions of Free Enterprise."

comments powered by Disqus