Chambers of commerce have always existed to promote commerce and support business interests in a region, but the scope of those interests has broadened over time.
Celebrating 150 years
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
It was Aug. 29, 1867, when a notice appeared in Richmond’s newspapers calling for local businessmen to attend a meeting about forming a chamber of commerce for the city.
When the Board of Trade became the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in 1867, Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States.
ChamberRVA and the Richmond Times-Dispatch are legacy businesses that have helped shape the Richmond region for 150 years.
Since 1867, 106 business leaders in the Richmond region have run what is now called ChamberRVA.
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce hired its first full-time executive in 1890.
ChamberRVA has done more in its history than be the main voice for business members.
Lester W. Brown III, 34, is one of the young, business- and civic-minded folks that ChamberRVA is trusting to help guide its future in a time of change.
The business organization is now simply called ChamberRVA, but its name has been tweaked over the years.