Public Policy Update
September 19, 2016
Chamber Chair Ned Curran Urges Repeal of HB2
Charlotte Chamber chair Ned Curran asks, "How many missed opportunities can we afford when it comes to HB2?" From his op-ed on Sunday in the Charlotte Observer: "No matter what your personal position on the law might be, there generally is universal agreement the law has resulted in significant brand damage and adverse economic consequences for our city and state."
Leaders from the chamber, the region's hospitality, sports and other industries impacted by the law called for a repeal of the city's ordinance and HB2 to provide a reset on the issue and mitigate the damage.
Today the chamber issued a statement that was unanimously approved by the Charlotte Chamber Board of Directors.
Vote Yes for City Bonds 2016: Transportation, Neighborhoods and Housing
The City of Charlotte's Community Investment Plan (CIP) is a long-range investment program designed to meet the needs of our growing community. On the ballot for the upcoming election is a $218-million bond referendum for proposed community improvements. Part of CIP, the bonds include strategic investments in transportation, neighborhoods and affordable housing to benefit areas throughout the city.
Your Charlotte Chamber is leading the campaign to educate the community about the bonds and gain support for their passage. To read more about projects included in the bonds, click here. If you would like to participate, please contact Natalie English.
Early Voting in Mecklenburg County
Early voting in Mecklenburg county will open Thursday, October 20, and close Saturday, November 5. The county board of elections will be post a complete list of dates, locations and times here. You can also vote from home with an absentee ballot.
The deadline to register to vote in NC is 25 days prior to an election, click here for more information from the state board of elections. To see a sample ballot, click here or a list of voting locations, click here.
Legislative Agenda Task Force Meetings
The Legislative Agenda Task Force (LATF) meets several times a year to review and guide the Charlotte Chamber’s legislative advocacy agenda. Betty Doster, UNC Charlotte, is this year's committee chair. Presentation days allow area companies, municipalities and other organizations with a legislative policy topic to discuss it with fellow members. If you are interested in presenting to the task force at an upcoming meeting, contact Karen Price. The current LATF schedule is:
October 10, 3:30 p.m. at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, presentations
October 18, 8 a.m. at the chamber, presentations
October 25, 8 a.m. at the chamber, voting day
November 10, 8 a.m. at UNCC, post-election recap
Meetings are open to all members, but registration is required. Weekly legislative updates for our members from Kerri Burke can be found here during session. The NCGA Legislative calendar and bill lookup for the NC House and Senate are also available.
CMS Board of Education and MeckEd Seeking Input on Superintendent Search
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Board of Education is collaborating with MeckEd, a local and independent non-profit to gather input on the qualities and characteristics the community would most like to see in a new superintendent.
In addition to hosting a series of community meetings, MeckEd is also gathering input though a short, online survey. For more information about community meetings and to take the survey, click here.
Charlotte Chamber Hosted Regional Advocacy Trip to Capitol
Members from chambers across the region attended the NC Business and Economic Development Summit last week in Washington, D.C. Trip Chair Carlos Sanchez, AT&T, along with Charlotte Chamber staff Carrie Cook and Natalie English, hosted participants, who also met with congressional and business leaders.
For a full recap of the trip, click here. Special thanks to trip sponsors Google, K&L Gates and Pillsbury and to our Public Policy Fund Sponsors (below), who make this trip possible.
NC Free Enterprise Foundation Pre-Election Briefing
Joe Stewart, executive director, North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFEF), will hold two pre-election briefing sessions on Wednesday, September 21, at 8 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. Attend one of these sessions held at the Charlotte Chamber in the Duke Energy - Wells Fargo conference room. The briefings are open to all chamber members at no charge, but registration through NCFEF is required.
Click here to register or contact Wilma Herrera with NCFEF for more information.
Land Use Committee Meeting
The September 28 Land Use Committee meeting will be held at Alfred Williams, 505 South Cedar Street, Charlotte, from 8 - 9 a.m. N.C. Representative Bill Brawley and Senator Joel Ford will review legislation from last session and upcoming policy work relating to the real estate and development industry.
This event is open to all members, but advance registration is required.
CLT Joules Catalyst Program
The CLT Joules Catalyst Program works to put high-potential energy industry entrepreneurs in direct contact with decision-makers. Program attendees have the opportunity to introduce not only their ideas, but insight into their teams, value propositions and go-to-market strategies. CLT Joules then taps a broad base of energy industry insiders from throughout the Southeast to help realize the visions. The deadline to apply for this year's selection is October 5.
For more information or to apply, click here.
Meet the Candidates on the Mecklenburg County Ballot
Join event chair Tonya Fortune Smith, Snyder's-Lance, Inc., and vice chair Sam Smith, Carolinas HealthCare System, on October 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for the Candidates Reception. Hundreds of business and community leaders network with candidates from every race on the Mecklenburg County ballot. Thanks to the Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance (HTA) for their partnership of this event. Contact Carrie Cook for reception sponsorship opportunities.
This event is open to chamber and HTA members, but advance registration is required. Chamber members register here. HTA members RSVP here.