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Early Voting Polls Have Opened 

Early voting began October 23 and will end Saturday, November 1. Election day will be Tuesday, November 4. Make sure to support the Vote Yes for Bonds campaign. 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.

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, 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 gather feedback and help identify new organizations as potential partners.

This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

GreenWorks Tour of UNC Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium

Interested in sustainability? Interested in the green industry?

Join us Wednesday, October 29, from 3:30-5 p.m. for a tour of UNC Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium, a zero-waste facility; McColl-Richardson Field; and the Judy W. Rose Football Center. Dave Cable will also provide an update on the TreesCharlotte initiative.

This event is free to members, but registration is required. Click here to register. For any questions regarding the GreenWorks Committee, contact Ashley Hedrick at 704.378.1345. 

November Workforce Development and Education Committee Meeting

On November 5, the Workforce Development and Education Committee will host Betty Doster of UNC Charlotte, Jonathan Sink of CMS, Adam Rhew of MeckEd and Jeff Lowrance of CPCC, who will all help start a discussion about the 2014 legislative session. Chamber staff will also educate the committee on the entire Legislative Agenda process to ensure committee members are engaged in the policy setting processes.

This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.