• H/PG Chamber Recognizes Marks & Harrison Founder, the Author of the HPG Chamber 100 Years Ago

    Hopewell/Prince George, Va. The Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce hosted a program at John Tyler Community College’s William H. Talley Workforce Center for the purpose of celebrating the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary and honoring current members that were around when the Chamber was founded.  The “Legacy” organizations are:  Ashland (formerly Hercules, Inc.), DuPont (currently DuPont Teijin Films – Hopewell Site); AdvanSix (Allied Chemical); WestRock (Hummel-Ross Fibre Corp.), J. W. Enochs, Inc., Marks & Harrison, The Progress-Index, Appomattox Regional Library System (John Randolph Library), Hopewell Iron and Metal Company, J. T. Morriss & Son, The Bank of Southside Virginia (Prince George County Bank), Swift Creek Mill Playhouse (formerly Swift Creek Mill) and John Randolph Medical Center.

    The author of the Chamber’s original Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws was David A. Harrison, Jr. who founded the law firm Marks & Harrison in 1911.   Harrison’s grandson, James G. Harrison III, currently the President of the Firm, grew up in Hopewell and now resides in Prince George County.  His grandfather passed down to the family his intent for the Chamber to be a non-political organization whose purpose would be to serve business.  Harrison shared his grandfather’s many contributions to the area, presented the chamber with a replica of a resolution given to the elder Harrison by the General Assembly upon his retirement in 1966 and then concluded with “we are a proud member of the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce.”

    The Chamber shared their goals for 2020 centered around workforce development in the HPG region; that small businesses are the heart of the chamber and serving them must be a priority; connecting young professionals; facilitating business to business and business to community connections; and focusing on growing tourism.

    Dennis McDermott, an ITAC Principal and VP of Construction, is the Chamber’s Board President.  He shared his thoughts about the importance of the chamber in a short video, which can be viewed on the Chamber’s social media platforms.

    About the Chamber

    The H/PG Chamber is a voluntary federation of business and professional people working together to build a healthy economy and to improve the quality of life of the area. The chamber provides a means through which businesses can work together for the benefit of all. The Chamber also operates the Hopewell/Prince George Visitor Welcome Center.

    Chamber Affiliations

    • Member - Virginia Chamber of Commerce
    • Partner – Virginia’s Gateway Region
    • Advisory – Hopewell and Prince George Public Schools Career and Technical Education Programs, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, Crater Planning District Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee
    Upcoming Chamber Events
    • Recognition at the Capitol of Chamber Anniversary and Legacy Members – March 4, 2020
    • Chamber Travel to Ireland Information Session with CI Destinations – March 10, 2020 Details TBD
    • Grand Opening of Gordman’s Department Store – Hopewell and Colonial Heights Stores – March 17, 2020  
    • Inaugural Members Invitational Junior/Senior Job Fair – March 19, 2020
    • Centennial Book Club Launch including lunch at Boathouse at City Point – March 25, 2020
    • Caring for Your Workforce by Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries – Three Sessions- March 26, 2020
    • Chamber Special Member Offer for RCA Training from Reliability Center – March 31-April 2, 2020
    • The Chamber Classic, a regional two flight tournament – May 14, 2020- Country Club of Petersburg
    • Manufacturing Technology Camp – Summer 2020 at ITAC
    • Chamber Travel to Ireland with H/PG and Colonial Heights Chambers through CI Destinations– October 14 Departure from Dulles International returning October 23, 2020
    Other Chamber 2020 programs and events will be displayed on its calendar of events, through e-notices, community flyers, local government newsletters, and through our partners.
    Learn more about the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce