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Senate Leaders Unveil New Economic Development Package

Senate Republican leaders unveiled a new incentives package last week, Senate Bill 338, that would place restrictions on the state's incentives programs and reduce the state's corporate tax rate. Senate Bill 338 addresses four main areas: corporate income tax, single sales factor apportionment, incentives and restrictions and incentives and exceptions.

In addition, Senate leadership filed a bill that would provide additional money to the JDIG program. Senate Bill 326, sponsored by Senator Gunn, would provide $5 million immediately to the fund for the governor to offer to companies as an incentive. Senator Gunn has said that his proposal is a short-term measure while the House and Senate debate JDIG and other incentives programs.

To read more of this week's legislative blog, written by Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, click here.

Former USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood to Deliver Keynote Remarks - 2015 Transportation Infrastructure Summit

The Charlotte region transportation infrastructure is one of our city's most important assets, touching every resident in one way or another through its impact on safety, quality of life, economic development and daily commerce. However, North Carolina and the U.S. are facing a transportation funding crisis that must be addressed for us to remain globally competitive.

Transportation infrastructure is often begrudged as one of the least sexy public policy issues. But we are bringing the sexy back. Join us for a critical discussion about funding transportation infrastructure investments with local, state and federal decision-makers.

Click here for a good laugh, as John Oliver makes the case for infrastructure investment.

Friday, April 17, 2015
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

Charlotte, NC 28277

7:30 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast Buffet and Networking
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Program

Confirmed speakers include:

Ray LaHood, Former Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation

Greg Boulanger, Summit Chair, HNTB Corporation
Bill Brawley, North Carolina Representative
Brent Cagle, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Ron Carlee, City Manager, City of Charlotte
Joel Ford, North Carolina Senator
John Heimlich, Chief Economist, Airlines For America
Anika Khan, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo
Brian Leary, President Commercial/Mixed Use, Crescent Communities
Mike Minerva, Vice President of Airport Affairs, American Airlines
Bob Morgan, President & CEO, Charlotte Chamber
Tony Tata, Secretary, NCDOT
Jane Wu, Principal, Carolina States Regional Center

Transportation information and project updates
will be made available from: 
Louis L. Mitchell,NCDOT |
John Muth, CATS | Danny Pleasant, CDOT

$75 for members and $99 for nonmembers.

For questions regarding this summit, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Carrie Cook at 704.378.1325.

To register for the 2015 Transportation Infrastructure Summit, click here.

BusinessFirst Charlotte: Looking Ahead in 2015

The numbers are in and the results have been tallied. We surveyed some 300 Charlotte companies and asked, "How's business?" Find out in the just-released 2015 BusinessFirst Charlotte Annual Report. At this event, we also heard from Paul Denvir, Managing Partner at Gartner Consulting, who conducted the Development Planning, Permitting and Inspection Process Review for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Gartner assessed governance, organizational, process and technology aspects of development services and code enforcement to identify opportunities to enhance services and improve collaboration to improve: customer service, increase consistency in delivery, facilitate economic development and promote upgrading of building stock and infrastructure to be more sustainable, efficient, functional and attractive. As part of this review, Gartner identified primary themes describing current issues and the desired future vision and then translated these into a series of recommendations. City/County staff formed a Unified Development Service Committee & Work Team Membership in an effort to advance prioritized efforts and to facilitate continuous improvement.

If you have NOT had your BusinessFirst Charlotte visit, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Ashley Hedrick and include a day and time that you are avialable to meet. She will coordinate with one of our Ambassadors who will come to your business location.

March Land Use Committee Meeting

The Land Use Committee will meet this Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the offices of Elliott Davis, on 700 E. Morehead Street. The committee will host Joe Padilla, executive director of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition, who will provide a legislative update on issues in play at the North Carolina General Assembly.  

For questions regarding this committee meeting, please contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

Elliott Davis
700 E. Morehead Street
Suite 400

Charlotte, NC 28202