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Form-Based Zoning Community Conversation

Is form-based zoning the right choice for Charlotte?

With the City of Charlotte ramping up for a zoning ordinance rewrite next year, the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition will host a community conversation on form-based zoning and will explore what works (and what doesn't) when cities zone for building design along with land use.

This communal discussion will take place tomorrow, November 19, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building.

If you are interested in this event and would like to attend, register here.

Help Advocate for Long-Term Transportation Funding Solutions

Finding a long-term solution for state and federal transportation funding continues to be a priority for the Charlotte Chamber. We need Congress to pass long-term legislation that creates good policy around federal investment in the nation's aging transportation system. And, we need the state legislature to address transportation funding policy.

In order to create a sense of urgency around this issue, the Charlotte Chamber is asking members to visit fasterbettersafer.com. Here you will find a platform where you can learn more about the issues, send a letter to your senators and representatives, or show your support through social media. By taking action now, we can make this a priority for the 114th Congress that arrives in January.

The North Carolina Chamber is proactively working to address the long-term transportation challenges in our state. It has developed the Coalition for a Prosperous Future to join the voices of key stakeholders throughout the broad-based business community with other aligned organization to advance comprehensive solutions around this critical issue.

To be part of the solution, join the Coalition for a Prosperous Future. Join the conversation on Twitter with #MovingNC.

For further questions, please contact Carrie Cook at 704.378.1325.

N.C.'s UI System Continues on Path to Solvency

At the beginning of 2013, North Carolina employers were facing a $2.6 billion debt to the federal government for the state’s unemployment insurance system. Since the enactment of NC Chamber-supported House Bill 4 in 2013, North Carolina has made significant progress to restore solvency, affordability and integrity to its broke and broken unemployment insurance system. As a result, the state’s UI debt has been drastically reduced to under $1 billion.

Continuing the positive momentum from House Bill 4, North Carolina was granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Labor that will lower employers’ UI tax increases for the coming year by approximately $56 per employee. According to the state, this will save employers $180 million collectively. As Jake Cashion, NC Chamber director of government affairs, told The News & Observer “We have seen a drastic reduction in debt, and we have seen positive reforms to the system, which is really a huge success nationwide. We’re really insuring that the business community is not faced with continued tax increases.” Dale Folwell, who heads the state Division of Employment Security, noted that the U.S. Department of Labor granted this waiver because it recognized the significant progress North Carolina has made in paying down the debt. Read the full article here.

The NC Chamber championed House Bill 4, which gives employers greater certainty by putting a plan in place to repay the debt in three years. We are already seeing success. The North Carolina Chamber commends the legislature, Gov. Pat McCrory and Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell for taking action and for their continued leadership on this issue.

BusinessFirst Charlotte

How's business? Please take our short survey here and let us know what we can do to help your business.

The survey asks questions about your company, employees and facility, and the general business climate. We want to learn more about what you do as well as how you view doing business in the Charlotte market. Please take five minutes to fill out the survey. We need to hear from you.

Click here to learn more about BusinessFirst Charlotte, a partnership between the City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 

For further questions, please contact Ashley Hedrick at 704.378.1345.

2014 Energy Summit Success 

The chamber’s annual Energy Summit was held on Friday and featured speakers who discussed the fundamental infrastructure needs in the energy industry today. Two panel discussions centered around bulk storage technologies and North Carolina’s energy infrastructure future. Incoming Charlotte Chamber chair, Tom Skains of Piedmont Natural Gas, spoke about why energy is important to the Charlotte region’s economic success, and the keynote speaker, Charlie Gates of Duke Energy, spoke in-depth about hydroelectric storage.

To view PowerPoint presentations by the 2014 Energy Summit speakers, click here.

2014 Wells Fargo Green Awards Winners

The 2014 Wells Fargo Green Awards were presented during the Energy Summit. Congratulations to the Charlotte Area Hotel Association, small category winner, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, large category. The Wells Fargo Green Awards recognize member companies who have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices in their products, services and company culture. Click here to find more information about the winners, including videos highlighting their programs, and read descriptions about all of the finalists.

To view PowerPoint presentations by the 2014 Energy Summit speakers, click here.

December Aviation Committee Meeting

The Aviation Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, December 1, 2014, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Chamber in the Bank of America Briefing Center. The committee will host Brent Cagle of Charlotte Douglas International Airport who will provide an update on the airport and Tracy Montross of American Airlines who will provide an update about the airline. John Lassiter, committee chair, will lead a discussion on the future of the Aviation Committee's structure, including meeting frequency, advocacy roles and more.

This committee meeting is free for members, but registration is required. Click here to register.

December Business and Workplace Issues Committee Meeting

The Business and Workplace Issues Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Charlotte Chamber in the Bank of America Briefing Center. The committee will host Cathy Graham, director of benefit services at The Employers Association, who will speak about same-sex marriage and how the workplace must now take a closer look at spousal benefits. 

This committee meeting is free for members, but registration is required. Click here to register.


December Joint Transportation and Land Use Committee Meeting

The Transportation and Land Use committees are scheduled to have a joint meeting on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from 8- 9:30 a.m. here at a location to be determined. The committee will speak about the process to rewrite zoning ordinances and allow committee members to develop a position on zoning ordinances.

This committee meeting is free for members, but registration is required. Click here to register.