Council member Vincent B. Orange officially resigned on Monday and is readying himself to take over as the new head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.
It was the right thing to do as his announcement ends weeks of bickering among his former council members and other city officials who said his holding both seats was tantamount to a conflict of interests. Similarly, we applaud his efforts to secure employment for his former staff members prior to his departure.
The D.C. council needs to move forward in anticipation of the change in members which will become official when voters return to the polls in November.
Meanwhile, the D.C. Chamber, sorely in need of new leadership, new blood and a total revamping, will certainly benefit from having Orange at the helm. Orange has already shown that he’s committed to helping small businesses succeed and has long been a leading and competent advocate for fledgling enterprises eager to grab their piece of the pie.
We hear that Orange also has some innovative ideas including expanding the field to include international businesses on a global scale. Vincent Orange is the right man at the right time for the D.C. Chamber of Commerce.