Raleigh Advocacy Trip

Charlotte Chamber's Regional Business Advocacy Trip to Raleigh a Great Success
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On May 12, the Charlotte Chamber and members of the Charlotte business community boarded a bus to Raleigh, North Carolina to advocate on behalf of the Charlotte Chamber's Legislative Agenda, where they impressed upon legislators three key issues - taxes, transportation and incentives. Attendees began the day in Raleigh with a luncheon downtown at Bolt Bistro, where members of the Mecklenburg Legislative Delegation spoke about these three key issues.

Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources began the luncheon by speaking to our members about the improvement in North Carolina's environment and his confidence in the current path moving forward. Senator Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County spoke about how the Senate is focused on developing legislation that will allow North Carolina to be competitive for all businesses - large and small. And, Representative Bill Brawley transitioned the group conversation to the upcoming transportation projects, including the high-speed railway to connect Charlotte, North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia. with a travel time of just over two hours. Several other legislators joined us for the luncheon, including Representatives Rob Bryan, Dan Bishop and John R. Bradford III, and Senator Jeff Tarte. Several of them made brief comments and encouraged attendees to communicate with them about issues.

The Charlotte Chamber staff took members of the Charlotte business community to walk the halls of the Legislative and Legislative Office Buildings to learn how lobbyists and legislators work together. Members spoke directly to legislators about the Charlotte Chamber's Legislative Agenda, in addition to hot issues they heard about earlier in the day during the luncheon. Members joined legislators in both House and Senate sessions in the General Assembly, observing from the galleries.

Following the time in the General Assembly, members attended the North Carolina Chamber's Government Affairs Conference at the Museum of History, where they heard from Governor Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue and House Minority Leader Larry Hall.

We want to thank all of our sponsors who supported the Charlotte Chamber's Regional Business Advocacy Trip to Raleigh and thank all of our speakers who joined us throughout our day in Raleigh, North Carolina.