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August 24, 2015 

N.C. House and Senate Finalize Negotiations on State Budget Spending Number

As reported last week, the state has been operating under a continuing resolution (CR) for its spending plan as the North Carolina House and Senate continue to negotiate a final state budget. This CR is set to expire August 31. With less than two weeks before CR expires, House and Senate leadership have agreed to a total spending number, but continue to negotiate the details of the budget.

The House and Senate agreed to spend $21.735 billion on the North Carolina budget, which is approximately $265 million more than the Senate proposed in its budget and $420 million less than what the House proposed in its budget.

The General Assembly will have to pass a budget bill, or another CR, before the August 31 deadline. To read more of this week's legislative blog, written by Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, click here.

To review the Charlotte Chamber's 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda, click here.

Register Now for the 2015 Technology Summit

Advancements in technology are rapidly changing the landscape of business in the 21st century economy, as information is now more accessible than ever. How do we strategically use and analyze this information for decision-making in a data driven economy? How do we protect the data we collect from cyber risks? And, are we preparing the current and future workforce for these industry demands and opportunities?

The 2015 Technology Summit will take you on a journey though trending topics, including cyber security and data analytics, while challenging you to equip our local technology workforce. Along the way, there will be discussions with CIOs, technology innovators and leaders in academia.

This is a must-attend event for technologists, strategists and business leaders. Join us with more than 200 attendees Friday, August 28, at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Uptown. 

Friday, August 28, 2015
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Charlotte Uptown
201 South McDowell Street

Confirmed Speakers:
(new additions in bold)
Elizabeth Austin, Chief Information Officer, Systems Maintenance Services
Tim Chartier, Professor, Davidson College
Dr. Bojan Cukic, Computer Science Department Chair, UNC Charlotte
Brian Cummings, Consultative Client Partner, Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. Michael Dulin, Director of Research and Evidence Based Medicine,
Carolinas Healthcare System
Chris Dziekan, Executive Vice President, Pentaho
Steve Hagood, Chief Information Officer, Ingersoll Rand
Janet-Lee Hatt, Managing Director Southeast Region, Genesis 10
Chris Heck, Chief Information Officer, Duke Energy
Josh Jewett, Chief Information Officer, Family Dollar

Dr. Mary Lou Maher, Software and Information Systems Department Chair, UNC Charlotte
Colleen Moss, Cyber Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael Rapken, Chief Technology Officer, Press Ganey
Dr. Cheryl Richards, CEO and Regional Dean, Northeastern University Charlotte
Dan Russell, Senior Vice President, TEKSystems
Stephanie Sadowski, Managing Director, Accenture
Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Chief Information Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Betsy Wille, Senior Director IT Risk and Information Secruity, TIAA-CREF

Click here to view the agenda and register for the 2015 Technology Summit.

2015 Charlotte Regional Chamber Trip to Washington, D.C.

The Charlotte region chambers will host our annual trip to Capitol Hill on September 8-9, 2015. The trip will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Business & Economic Development Summit hosted by members of our North Carolina Congressional Delegation. Attendees will represent the Charlotte region business community during this two-day event. The trip agenda includes a reception with the North Carolina Congressional delegation, meetings with members of the administration, business networking and more.

Registration cost of $675 covers hotel accommodations at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. for one night, four meals (two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast), conference and panel discussions, and transportation to program activities. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the chamber's public policy advocacy, while networking with regional business leaders and elected officials - all in the nation's capitol.

Please note, the registration fee does not include travel to and from Washington. Book your travel early to take advantage of low fares. Recommended arrival on September 8 is between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. if flying into Reagan National Airport or by 10 a.m. if flying into Dulles or BWI airports. Formal program activities will end after lunch on September 9.

For more information, contact Carrie Cook.

Click here to register, view this year's itinerary and more.

Click here to view the agenda and register for the 2015 Technology Summit.

Register Now for the 2015 Health Care Summit

Addressing population health involves all facets of a community - government, elected officials, not-for-profits, the business community and individuals - working collaboratively to meet the community's unique needs and circumstances. Please join us for the 2015 Health Care Summit as health care industry experts bring understanding and perspective to this important topic.

Friday, September 25, 2015
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Westin Uptown Charlotte
601 South College Street

Confirmed Speakers:
Jennifer Bruno, General Manager, Employer Franchise, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions Inc.
Derek Feeley, Executive Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Joe Gasque, Region General Manager, GE HealthCare
Dr. Jed Jacobson, Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President of Professional Services, Delta Dental
Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System
Brenda Motheral, President and Co-Founder, Artemetrx
Sue Siegel, Chief Executive Officer, GE Ventures and healthymagination, GE HealthCare
Mary Stokas, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chief of Staff, Premier Inc.
Katie Tyler, Chief Executive Offier, Tyler 2 Construction
Paula Vincent, President and Chief Operating Officer, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital

Click here to view the agenda and register for the 2015 Health Care Summit.

For the 2015 calendar of all upcoming public policy signature events, click here.

August Transportation Committee Meeting Rescheduled for September

The Transportation Committee's August 26 meeting will be rescheduled to a date at the end of September. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the rescheduled date, time, location and meeting topic.

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

SmartRail USA Congress and Expo to Return to Charlotte

After a fantastic first year in the city of Charlotte, SmartRail USA will be returning to the Charlotte Convention Center on October 28-29 and will be partnering with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. This two-day event features a high-level strategic congress, technical seminars, an expo, and a plethora of networking opportunities attracting 400-plus rail and metro professionals from across the country. SmartRail USA will be offering free and highly discounted opportunities to attend and exhibit.

Seventy-plus speakers are confirmed, including: Nick Tennyson, acting Secretary of Transportation, North Carolina Department of Transportation; and Paul C. Worley, Rail Division Director, North Carolina Department of Transportation; Leanne Redden, Executive Director, RTA Chicago; Joseph C. Szabo, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Keith T. Parker, General Manager/Chief Executive, Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority; Frank Vacca, Chief Program Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority. 

Attending and exhibiting industry supporters include Bombardier, Fujitsu, Lufthansa, Alcatel-Lucent, Lilee Systems, PowerTrunk and many more.

To claim your free industry floor pass to attend SmartRail USA click here.

As a partner of SmartRail USA, there are also a number of highly discounted opportunities for Charlotte Chamber of Commerce members to exhibit in the expo and book all-access VIP tickets.

To find out more about these great offers, contact Luke Upton.