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North Carolina General Assembly Update

Budget negotiations became a bit contentious last week, extending the length of the session for at least another week. We continue to monitor policy changes and will keep you updated on actions taken. Click here to read this week's legislative blog. The blog, brought to you by the chamber's lobbyist, Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, highlights the following:

•    Budget Negotiations
•    Common Core

•    Coal Ash Reform

•    UNC Capital Projects

Save the Date for the Health Care Summit 

Join us for the chamber’s annual Health Care Summit on August 15 at 8 a.m. with national industry experts and business leaders. This year’s theme, “Value Over Volume,” explores integrated health care and why Charlotte is rapidly becoming a destination for health care. Health care executives and physicians will share what they are doing to create value, lower costs and generate the highest patient outcomes in the U.S. In addition, a lively panel of health care leaders will discuss Charlotte as a health care destination. New this year will be a presentation of the inaugural Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Awards. Plan to attend to learn how Charlotte has moved beyond health care reform and is shaping the future of health care delivery. For more information on the Health Care Summit, how to attend or to sponsor the event, contact Natalie English at 704.378.1332.

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Save the Date for a Trip to Capitol Hill

The Charlotte Chamber will host its annual trip to Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 - 9. Attendees will represent the Charlotte business community during the two-day event. The annual trip agenda includes a reception with the N.C. Congressional Delegation on the Hill, individual meetings with members of the administration, a session with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more. The registration cost for the trip will be $825, which  includes lodging, all meals and transportation while in Washington. You should make your own travel arrangements to get there. For more information, contact Carrie Cook at 704.378.1325.

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ACTION ALERT - Proposed Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. In this plan, the EPA is proposing the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 30 percent by the year 2030. The proposal will include state specific, rate-based goals, specifically aimed at power sector reduction in CO2 emissions. The new regulations will likely affect the cost of producing electricity.  In July, the EPA is hosting only four public hearings across the United States. You may submit comments to the EPA on this proposal here. The comment period is currently open and will remain open for 120 days after the proposal is published. Please ask Gov. Pat McCrory to request the EPA hold a public hearing in North Carolina and to extend the comment period to allow for all interested parties to participate. 

Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization - NCDOT Prioritization Comment Period

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) has opened a 30-day public comment period to obtain input on its draft list of proposed projects in order to receive local input points as part of NCDOT’s Prioritization 3.0 process. The draft project lists, maps and CRTPO’s local input points methodology are posted on the CRTPO website: You can email your comments to Neil Burke or fax them to 704.336.5123.

The July 16 Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting will serve as an opportunity for public comment on the draft list of projects proposed for CRTPO’s local input points allocation. This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte, NC 28202. The comment period will close on Monday, July 21, 2014.  


Bond Campaign

The Charlotte Chamber has committed to run the campaign for passage of the bonds the City of Charlotte is expected to place on the ballot in November. Those bonds will fund infrastructure improvements that will lead to improved economic activity in our community and include transportation projects, neighborhood improvements and housing. To provide a campaign contribution or to volunteer on the campaign team, contact Natalie English at 704.378.1332.

Happy Fifth Birthday GreenWorks

Join us on Aug. 12 at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for the fifth Birthday Celebration for GreenWorks. Come drink good beer and network with great people. We will hear about the past, present and future of the Charlotte Chamber’s GreenWorks Committee.

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