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November 28, 2016

NC Republican Party House Leadership Announcements  

The House Republican Party Caucus has again nominated as Speaker: Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and elected the following officers: 
Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry, Wilkes)
Majority Leader: Rep. John R. Bell (R-Craven, Greene, Lenoir, Wayne)
Deputy Majority Leader: Rep. Stephen Ross (R-Alamance)
Whip: Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford)
Conference Chair: Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland)
Freshman Leader: Rep-elect Destin Hall (R-Caldwell)
Freshman Whip: Rep-elect Brenden Jones (R-Bladen, Columbus, Robeson)

Recount of contested NC Elections continues  

More than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties reported final results on or before last November 22, even as county officials awaited guidance from the State Board of Elections on response to allegations of voter fraud. Republican Governor Pat McCrory has formally requested a recount of votes in the close race with Democrat Roy Cooper. 

A recount would happen, only after all counties report final results and only if fewer than 10,000 votes continue to separate Cooper and McCrory. More than 4.69 million votes were cast in the November 8 race. 

For more information on NC politics in the news from Kerri Burke, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here.

2016 Wells Fargo Green Award Winners Announced 

The Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Wells Fargo Green Awards. Presented at the Energy Summit on November 18, Belvedere Dentistry took home the award for the small business category and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery won the large business category. Check out the winners' videos here.

These awards recognize member companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices into their products and services within the culture of their company. We believe the experiences shared and benefits realized by these Charlotte-area businesses have the power to inspire other area businesses to do the same. Take our “30-Day Going Green" Challenge: a fun, easy and flexible platform to explore green options that are designed to both save money and conserve our natural resources.

Land Use Community Workshops

The City of Charlotte is updating its land use policies and development ordinances. This comprehensive effort - Charlotte Place Types & Unified Development Ordinance - will shape the growth of the city. Lend your voice and learn more about this effort by joining one of the upcoming workshop discussions to be held from November 29 through December 15. Click here for information, times, locations and to register.

Discount Advance Tickets for a Limited Time, Financial Services Summit

Discounted advance tickets are available for a limited time to join summit co-chairs Katy Knox, managing director, head of business banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Suzanne Morrison, executive vice president, division manager, Wells Fargo for the inaugural Financial Services Summit on January 4 at the Ballantyne Charlotte Hotel. 

For limited time advance registration pricing, click here. Agenda and speaker listing coming soon. For sponsorship opportunities, click here

Upcoming Events

Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting 

The Charlotte Chamber's 2016 Annual Meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Approximately 2,000 members of the Charlotte business community are expected to join us for our 137th Annual Meeting featuring 2016 Chair Ned Curran, Bissell and 2017 Chair Andrea Smith, Bank of America. Rick Hendrick will be presented with the Citizen of the Carolinas award.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Legislative Agenda Task Force Committee Meeting 

The Legislative Agenda Task Force (LATF) committee meeting will be held on December 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the chamber. This meeting is a presentation day to allow area companies, municipalities and other organizations with a legislative policy topic to discuss it for consideration on the chamber's yearly agenda. Voting day meeting for the committee with December 15, at the chamber, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.

To learn more and to register for December 5, click here.

Transportation Committee Meeting 

The Transportation Committee meeting will be held on December 7, from 8 to 9 a.m. John Lewis, CATS will report out on activity of current and upcoming projects and share his thoughts after one year into his role as the director of CATS. Danny Pleasant, CDOT, will present the draft plan, explain the proposed transportation expenditures and discuss next steps for Charlotte's Transportation Action Plan (TAP). The TAP was first adopted in 2006 and updated in 2011. The meeting will be at the chamber. Advanced registration is required.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Aviation Committee Meeting 

The Aviation Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, from 8-9 a.m. will host air shuttle services that operate out of the Charlotte airport to discuss their business models as well trends and growth in the industry. The meeting will be at the chamber. Advanced registration is required.

To learn more and to register, click here.