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N.C. General Assembly to Convene Tomorrow in Raleigh

The North Carolina General Assembly will officially convene In Raleigh, N.C. tomorrow, January 28, for the start of the 2015 long session. The General Assembly first convened Wednesday, January 14, providing several leadership announcements and naming the full Senate leadership team, including all Senators appointed to its committees. Members of the House committees are being named, as well.

Tomorrow, twenty-two new members will take their seat in the legislature. Potential issues to appear in this session include Medicaid reform, workers' compensation reform efforts, regulatory reform efforts and local privilege license tax, to name a few. 

For more information regarding the 2015 Long Session, click here.

To access the Chamber's Legislative Agenda, click here.


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Speaks Charlotte Businesses and The Middle Class
 

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, visited Charlotte last Wednesday at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City building for an arm chair discussion with Charlotte Chamber President and CEO, Bob Morgan. Pritzker spoke about the President's state of the union, which took place last Tuesday and what it means for the future of Charlotte's economy and businesses. Secretary Pritzker shared the President's perspective that America is currently in a great position economically. With strong job growth, exports at record levels and more Americans with health care, the President says that now is the time to live and work in America. As the largest energy producer in the world today in oil and natural gas, the President also believes the United States is one of the most desirable places to invest.

However, the President expressed concerns about middle class income growth. Secretary Pritzker states that President Obama not only has his focus on more money in the pockets of the middle class today, but on how to prepare the workforce for the future.

For more on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's visit to Charlotte, click here.

Business and Workplace Topics Committee Meeting

The Business and Workplace Topics Committee will meet Wednesday, February 5, 2015 at 8 a.m., at the offices of Elliott Davis, PLLC.

The committee will host Kevin Dalton, a partner with National Labor and Employment law firm, Fisher & Phillips LLP, who will provide practical guidance for hiring, disciplining and terminating employees without making a mess. Kevin will speak on ways to avoid mistakes often made in the hiring, counseling and firing of employees.

The address for the offices of Elliott Davis, PLLC. is below.

This committee meeting is free to attend, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Elliott Davis, LLC.
700 East Morehead Street, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28202


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Novant Health
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GreenWorks Live Case Study on Tropical Nut & Fruit and The Healthy Home Market

Join us Thursday, February 5 from 10 a.m to noon, for an educational session and open discussion with Angela Bauer, owner, and John Bauer, president and CEO of Tropical Nut & Fruit and The Healthy Home Market, as we learn about the efforts they have made to be more sustainable and how they are now confronting issues to take the next steps. We will talk about sourcing products locally, energy usage, packaging design and GMO foods.

This meeting will be held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center at the below address.

Wake Forest University Charlotte Center
200 N. College St., Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202

This event is free for chamber members, but registration is required.

Click here to register for this council meeting. For any questions regarding this committee meeting, contact Ashley Hedrick at 704.378.1345.

30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, Innovation Reconstructed

The 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, Innovation Reconstructed, brings big thinkers from acrross the state and around the world to Raleigh,NC, February 9 and 10th, to emphasize how North Carolina's future economic prosperity depends on strength in innovation. add your voice as attendees identify the best paths forward and define critical action steps.

Don't miss an extraordinary speaker lineup. Featured keynoters and panelists include: Governor, Pat McCrory, ADM Michael S. Rogers, Direct, National Security Agency, Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google and Jeffrey M. Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, as well as many more.

The forum will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center at the below address.

Raleigh Convention Center
500 Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

For more information regarding this event, click here.
To register for this event, click here.

Chamber Chapters Town Hall Meeting with Tom Skains and Special Guest, Mayor Dan Clodfelter

On Wednesday, February 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,Tom Skains, 2015 Charlotte Chamber Chair and Chairman, President and CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas, will discuss the chamber priorities for 2015 and the importance of your chamber membership and collaboration at this chapter wide event. In addition, special guest Mayor Dan Clodfelter will highlight the important of small businesses.

This meeting will be held at the Fairfield Inn &Suites Charlotte Uptown at the below address.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Uptown
201 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC 28204

This event is free for chamber members, but registration is required.

Click here to register for this town hall meeting. For any questions, contact Cherise Walker at 704.378.4106.