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White Smoke on Budget Compromise?

It appears that budget negotiations may soon be coming to an end. Senate and House leaders announced the deal Saturday, July 26, through social media, that a budget framework had been agreed upon between budget conferees and final details were expected to be unveiled this week. Leaders in both chambers said they expected a completed budget to be made public early in the week, in time for votes on Thursday and Friday if all goes as planned. Click here to read this week's legislative blog for full details. The blog, brought to you by the chamber's lobbyist, Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, highlights the following:

•    Senate Passes Local Sales Tax and Economic Development Package

•    Senate Moves Forward on Medicaid Reform
•    End of Session and Remaining Bills

Population Growth and Its Effects on Elections

Register for the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation Thinker's Lunch

North Carolina has been witness to tremendous population growth in recent years, bringing significant change to the state's electoral landscape. What are the future demographic trends, and how will they impact the politics of Charlotte and this region?

Becky Tippett, director of Carolina Demography at the UNC Chapel Hill Population Center, will offer insight on the likely population growth model for the Charlotte area over the next decade, and Joe Stewart, executive director of N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation, will provide observations on how those changes are likely to affect voter attitudes and political dynamics within the community. 

The program, co-hosted by NC FREE and the Charlotte Chamber, will start at noon on Friday, August 8, in the Belk Action Center at the Charlotte Chamber.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. You can register here.

Register Today for the 2014 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, contact Natalie English at 704.378.1332.

Click here to register for this event.

Attend the Annual Trip to Capitol Hill

The Charlotte Chamber will host its annual trip to Capitol Hill on Sept. 8 - 9. The trip to Washington, D.C., will be in conjunction with the N.C. Business & Economic Development Summit hosted by members of the N.C. Congressional Delegation. Attendees, including representatives from other chambers in the Charlotte region, 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 $650, 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.

Click here to register for this event.

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.

Workforce Development & Education Committee Welcomes Ellen McIntyre, Ed.D.

The Workforce Development & Education Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, August 6, at 8 a.m. at the chamber. Ellen McIntyre, Ed.D., UNC Charlotte professor and dean of the College of Education, will speak to the committee about the College of Education. This event is free to members, but registration is required.

Click here to register for this event.

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 August 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.

Click here to register for this event.