Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee held a meeting to hear from local chambers of commerce across the country about efforts to spur economic growth and job creation. The meeting specifically focused on how Senators can work with local chambers to achieve these goals, and featured the participation of Jody Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island. Sullivan was invited to participate and introduced at the meeting by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
“The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has been an important resource for small businesses in Rhode Island who are fighting to succeed in these tough times,” said Whitehouse. “As we work to improve the economy in Rhode Island and around the country, I was glad Jody could be here in Washington to share her ideas and experiences with my colleagues in the Senate.”
“It was an honor to represent the Rhode Island business community,” said Sullivan. “It’s encouraging to know Senator Whitehouse and Congress are focused on working with and listening to business to create jobs and grow our economy.”
Each year, the Steering and Outreach Committee hosts several meetings with advocates, policy experts, business leaders, elected officials, and community leaders to discuss key priorities and enlist their help. These meetings are open forums for discussion between members of communities around the country and members of the Democratic Caucus.
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce describes itself as an independent, non-profit organization with over 1,100 member companies employing more than 50,000 workers throughout Newport County and greater Rhode Island. They work to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community: quality jobs, quality growth and quality of life.