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Vote Yes for Bonds Campaign 

Make sure to support the Vote Yes for Bonds campaign. Early voting begins Thursday, October 23. Election day will be November 4. Three bonds will be at the end of the ballot for voter approval and will fund infrastructure improvements that will lead to improved economic activity in our community and include transportation projects, neighborhood improvements and housing. No tax increases are necessary to fund the projects in these bonds. The Vote Yes for Bonds campaign team is working to educate the community about the benefits of voting yes. If you have a speaking opportunity, a place to put a yard sign or want to work a polling place, please contact Elizabeth Barnhardt at To provide a campaign contribution or to volunteer on the campaign team, contact Natalie English at 704.378.1332.

2014 Candidates Reception

Each year, the chamber brings together the business community and candidates on the ballot for the upcoming election season. On Thursday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., we look forward to hosting candidates running for the U.S. Senate, state House and Senate, Mecklenburg County Commission and a number of judicial seats. Please join us for an evening of cocktails, networking and samples from area restaurants.

Please note: The event will be held at SMS Catering at 1764 Norland Road.

Our event chair is Tracy Montross, American Airlines.

Click here to register now for this event.

Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is a joint initiative between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding towns, the Foundation For The Carolinas and our community partners to develop a unified vision that incorporates community-wide goals centered on how we live, work and play today and in the future. This collaborative effort provides an opportunity to review existing plans and identify commonalities that encourage and support a vibrant and healthy quality of life in our community.

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is offering to come to your organization for a "listening session" this month to ask such questions as, "Are we on the right track? Will the priority strategies and actions we developed help us reach our vision?"

For more information on the Mecklenburg Liveable Communities Plan, click here.

If your group is interested in scheduling a listening session, please contact Heidi Pruess, Community Plan and Sustainability officer, at

Register Now for the 2014 Energy Summit

Join us for the 2014 Energy Summit on Friday, November 14, at The Westin Charlotte, as we host top business, education and community leaders. Speakers will focus on the fundamental infrastructure needs in the energy industry today. Featured will be two panel discussions around bulk storage technologies and North Carolina's energy infrastructure future.

Incoming Charlotte Chamber chair, Tom Skains of Piedmont Natural Gas Co., will talk about why energy is important to the Charlotte region's economic success. Additionally, the 2014 Wells Fargo Green Awards will be presented to two companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices in the products they produce, the services they provide and their company cultures. 

Click here to register for this event. 

October Transportation Committee Meeting

The Transportation Committee will host Heidi Pruess, Mecklenburg County's community plan and sustainability officer, on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 a.m. at the chamber. Pruess will present the Mecklenburg Livable Commnunities Plan to committee members. She will use this listening session to hear continued feedback, as well as a way to help identify new organizations as potential partners.