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August 22, 2016

Changes to Voting in Mecklenburg County 

Last week Mecklenburg County became the latest in North Carolina to approve a new early voting plan after a panel of federal judges struck down a 2013 election law that addressed early voting days required as well as voter identification and same day registration rules. The new early voting hours plan will open six sites for the first week and 22 site for the final 10 days which includes three Saturdays and two Sundays of early voting. Overall, the number of hours will be reduced by 238 hours compared to 2012 early voting hours. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down photo ID requirements and associated laws in North Carolina (S.L. 2013-381, as amended by S.L. 2015-103). Governor Pat  McCrory has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Barring a change on appeal, photo ID will not be required in the upcoming general election in November. 

For further details on voting in Mecklenburg County, click here


Register Today: Don't Miss the Annual Trip to D.C. with Business Leaders

Carlos Sanchez of AT&T and Bob Morgan of the Charlotte Chamber will join members of regional chambers on the annual Capitol Hill trip, September 12-13. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn about the chamber's public policy agenda, watch advocacy in action and network with regional business leaders and elected officials in the nation's capital.

This two-day trip will open doors for you to be more involved in the policies that shape the business climate in our region. This event is open to all chamber members. Registration includes hotel accommodations for one night, four meals (two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast), conference and panel discussions and transportation to program activities. Registration does not cover travel to D.C. 

For a detailed agenda and to register, click here.


Call for Entries for Mecklenburg County Waste Recognition Awards

Mecklenburg County businesses, do your organizations have a recycling or waste reduction program? If so, get recognized for your efforts at the 2016 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Business Recognition Awards Banquet. In addition to formal recognition, winning programs will be featured in a video produced by the county to encourage waste reduction and recycling practices. Applications are due by September 2, the 2016 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Awards Banquet is October 27.

For more information and to nominate a business, click here.


GreenWorks to Host Webinar Q & A on Waste Management

On Monday, August 22 from 2 – 3 p.m., GreenWorks will host a one-hour webinar on waste management aimed at organizational practices to minimize waste including landfill diversion and less use of physical objects such as paper, food and industrial by-products. We will discuss case studies about organizations that decreased costs and improved environmental impacts through minimizing waste. Speakers include Rob Phocas, energy and sustainability manager for the City of Charlotte, Doug Leonard, environmental director, Coca-Cola Consolidated, and moderator Daniel S. Fogel of Wake Forest University.

We will have 20 minutes to address your questions and answers. You will also learn about future efforts in our region to address waste challenges. Details including webinar address and call-in information will be sent to the registrant's email address.

For more information and to register, click here.


Legislative Resource 

NCGA session is now adjourned. You can find the summary of legislation tracked during the latest session and the chamber's 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda online.

Read more on the legislative update for chamber members from Kerri Burke, senior vice president government relations, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here. The NCGA Legislative calendar and bill lookup for NC House and Senate are also available.  



Legislative Agenda Task Force Committee Meeting  

Kerri Burke, senior vice president government relations, McGuire Woods, will present a legislative review to the committee August 23, 8 a.m. Bob Morgan, CEO, Charlotte Chamber will share strategic plans, preview upcoming issues as the committee begins planning for the legislative agenda for the upcoming year. The meeting is open to all chamber members, but registration is required. If you are interested in presenting to the legislative task force at upcoming meetings, contact Karen Price

For more information and to register, click here


Workforce and Education Committee Meeting  

The Workforce Development and Education Committee continues the conversation on how area organizations are closing the talent gaps on August 24, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Committee chair Michael Barnes will lead the conversation with Noel Humphreys of Patriots Path and Ariel Corbett of Career Pathways at MeckEd on what these programs offer and how they serve our community. Open to all chamber members, however registration is required. 

For more information and to register, click here


NCDOT Rail and Transit Briefing at August Transportation Committee Meeting 

Paul Worley, NCDOT rail division director, will brief the committee meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 8 a.m. at the chamber. He will discuss the Raleigh-Charlotte Piedmont Improvement Project, Carolina Connector (CCX), Queen City Express and the Charlotte Gateway Station. Paul will be joined by BOT member Tracy Dodson; Craig Newton, NCDOT facilities engineer; Tina Votaw, CATS transit oriented development specialist; and Warren Cooksey, director of outreach and community affairs, NCDOT to answer questions and provide additional information and perspectives. This meeting is open to all chamber members, but registration is required.

For more information and to register, click here.


Active Shooter Response Training   

The Business and Workplace Topics committee hosted the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for training on how to react to active threats in the workplace and other public spaces. Demonstrations of simple techniques and the basics of how to react in the case of an emergency situation. If you would like to see the presentation or get the contact information to schedule your own training, click here.

Your chamber is partnering with University of Phoenix, Charlotte to continue the active response conversation on August 25, 4 p.m. Speakers representing national and local law enforcement agencies including Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire Departments will discuss the latest in safety and preparedness training. This event is for Managers/Directors and above to aid in organizational planning for and maintaining public space safety. Registration is required. 

For more information and to register, click here


Federal and State Energy Policy Briefing 

E4 Carolinas will host an energy and policy briefing on August 26, 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Piedmont Natrual Gas (PNG)'s Charlotte office in Piedmont Row. The day will include State Energy Policy Panel moderated by George Baldwin, NC Co-chair, E4 Carolinas Energy Policy Task Force and managing director, government relations, Piedmont Natural Gas; SC State Representative Dwight Loftis; NC State Senate Candidate Dist. 36 and former president, Duke Energy NC Paul Newton; former NC State Representative Mike Hager and other industry experts.

For complete agenda and to register, click here.


Training Courses for Pursuing Government Contracts

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will be hosting training courses, designed to provide information on pursuing government contracts opportunities at local, state and federal level. The next three will be held at the Portal Building, UNC Charlotte and are free to attend, but registration is required. Government Contracting 101, Federal Acquisition Regulations and GSA Schedules take place between Aug 31 and October 5, go to the SBTDC website for dates and times.

For businesses interested in contracting with the Defense Department, there is the Southeast Region Aerospace and manufacturing Summit on August 16 and 17, in Winston-Salem.