A Message from Virginia Chamber President & CEO, Barry DuVal

I would like to take a moment to recognize the significance of this day for our nation. On this day in 1865, Major General Granger, representing the Union Army, arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved Americans of the end of the Civil War and the beginning of freedom for all, as declared by the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863. We commemorate this day as the end of slavery in our nation, while also acknowledging that we are still on our journey towards greater equity of opportunity for all. Next week, I will join the U.S. Chamber for a national town hall to discuss concrete actions that can be taken by the government and the private sector to address inequality through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform. As leaders in the business community, it is our responsibility to listen, learn, and take proactive steps toward greater equity and inclusion.

Earlier this week, Governor Northam announced that Virginia will not move into Phase Three today as many businesses and citizens anticipated. The Governor expressed that the state needs more time to monitor and analyze the collected data. The earliest that Virginia could move to Phase Three is now June 26. The Governor did, however, outline the guidelines for Phase Three this week. You can find a summary of these guidelines in a separate section below. 

Wednesday, I joined The Morning Show with Brian Weigand to discuss the Virginia Chamber’s “Blueprint for Getting Virginians Back to Work” plan. You can listen to the full interview here and view the plan at www.GetVaBackToWork.com.

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is currently working to develop an Emergency Temporary Standard/Emergency Regulation that will impact employers across the Commonwealth. The Virginia Chamber will be providing public comments to address inconsistencies with the draft regulation and encourage DOLI to refrain from strict enforcement. Public comment is due by Monday, June 22 and the Board will meet on Wednesday, June 24 to review and approve the proposed regulation after taking into consideration public comment. For more information on this process, I encourage you to visit their page.

Best Regards,
Barry DuVal

Member Spotlight: Google

Below you will find an overview of come of their COVID-19 initiatives:


  • Resources to Work or Learn Remotely: We’ve launched a remote work resource center with free tools and resources to keep you connected and productive.
  • Small Business Resources: We’ve created a page specifically for small and medium businesses who may be affected by COVID-19.
  • Supporting Schools:  At this link is a two-pager outlining way Google can help schools stay connected during COVID-19 closures. For educators, Teach From Home is a central hub of information, tips, training and tools from across Google for Education to help teachers keep teaching, even when they aren’t in the classroom.
  • Google Meet is now free for everyone!

Free Training, Webinars, and Tidbits

  • Grow with Google On Air: A free series of live virtual trainings and 1:1 coaching sessions to learn how to make the most out of digital tools, whether you’re trying to grow your business or learn new skills for a job.
  • Webinars for Elected Officials and Civic Groups: We’ll be hosting webinars outlining the latest in our ongoing global COVID-19 response and resources for elected officials, campaigns and civic groups to pivot their efforts online. More information and registration here
  • GSuite for Public Sector Remote Work: Google is working with the Federal, State and Local governments to supply GSuite for Public Sector Remote Work and offering discounts and support for governments looking for a cost effective, fast and possibly temporary solution. You can learn more about Google Cloud’s work here, and if you are interested in using GSuite for your work at home needs, please see here for offerings we have to aid your government with remote work, including video conferencing.

Community Mobility Reports

  • These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports are updated regularly and chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

“Be Kind to Your Mind”

  • To coincide with Mental Health Month, Google is launching “Be Kind To Your Mind” in collaboration with the CDC to share practical tips and resources to help individuals take care of their well-being. As the pandemic unfolds, the impact of social distancing on people’s jobs and lives is adversely affecting individuals mental health. 
  • We understand that access to the right information at the right time can save lives, and we aim to help individuals find information and take quicker action for their mental health. We currently host a clinically validated depression self-screener to help individuals better understand their symptoms and next steps, and we plan to roll out additional tools over the course of the month. David Feinberg (Head of Google Health) authored an op-ed for Fortune Magazine about mental health during COVID-19 to bring awareness to this important issue.