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October 24, 2016 

Volunteers Needed At Early Voting 

Early voting began last week in Mecklenburg County and runs through November 5. The 2016 City Bonds are on the bottom of the ballet and are a critical component of the City of Charlotte's Community Investment Plan (CIP). The $218-million bond referendum for proposed community improvements include strategic investments to upgrade and enhance transportation and infrastructure ($148.44 million); build housing for low-to moderate-income families ($15 million) and improve infrastructure in established neighborhoods and emerging high-growth areas ($55 million). Volunteer help is needed at polling places all over the county for any amount of time you are able to give. Open to all, sign up is quick and easy, click here.

To read more about projects included in the bonds, click here. If you would like to learn more about the committee, contact Natalie English.

CMS Town Hall Meetings on Phase 1 Student Assignment      

Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will share and answer questions about the Phase I student-assignment proposal to expand choice options and create more socio-economically diverse learning environments on Monday November 7, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at East Mecklenburg and West Mecklenburg high schools. Topics include increasing choice options across all areas of the county, reconfiguring transportation zones to expand access to choice options (home-school assignments will not be impacted), adding home-school performance and socioeconomic status priorities in the school options lottery and revising school options entry and continuation requirements.

To learn more or join the meeting online, click here, then click on the Town Hall Meetings button at the top of the page. 

Last Chance to Cast Your Vote for the 2016 Wells Green Award Winners

Voting for the 2016 Wells Fargo Green Award finalists ends this Friday, October 28. Help the chamber GreenWorks Council choose a small and large business to be honored for their innovative and sustainable practices. 

The 2016 Wells Fargo Green Award large category finalists are: Autobell Car Wash Inc., Carolinas HealthCare System, and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Small category finalists are: Belvedere Dentistry, Cousins Properties Inc., and SpringHill Suites Ballantyne

Vote for your favorites here. The 2016 Wells Fargo Green Award winners will be announced at the 2016 Energy Summit on November 18.

Carpool2Vote, New Free Rideshare App For Voters 

A new free rideshare app, Carpool2Vote (like Uber for voters) was co-founded by a 2016 Northeastern grad, Nicole Merl, who lives in Charlotte. 

It was created via the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative from Northeastern University. Co-founder of both Women Votes and Carpool2Vote, Nicole was awarded the Student Scholar Award in June for Women Votes. To read more, click here for the Charlotte Business Journal story.

Charlotte Chamber Doesn't Endorse Candidates

Candidates running for office often seek endorsements from various groups and organizations. Your Charlotte Chamber does not have a political action committee and does not endorse candidates for office. It is our policy to work with all elected officials chosen by the voters. We believe we can best serve our membership this way.


Legislative Agenda Task Force (LATF) Committee Meeting Schedule 

Mark your calendar with the updated meeting schedule:

October 25, 8 - 9  a.m. at the chamber, POSTPONED
November 10, 8 - 9 a.m. at UNCC, Joe Stewart will offer a post-election wrap-up
November 21, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., location TBD, agenda presentations 
December 5, 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the chamber, agenda voting day

To learn more about the task force committee, click here.    

Transportation Committee Meeting   

On October 26, from 8 - 9 a.m. the Transportation Committee will host Danny Pleasant, transportation director, City of Charlotte who, with committee chair Greg Boulanger, HNTB, will discuss the 2016 Community Investment Bonds that will be on the November 8 ballot. Danny will provide details on each of the transportation and infrastructure projects including their status and impact.

This event is open to all chamber members. For more information and to register click here.  

Land Use Committee Meeting, Gartner Phase II 

The November Land Use Committee meeting will focus on the Gartner Phase II study report. The city is partnering with Mecklenburg County to contract the study to assess current operations and develop plans with a focus on improved customer satisfaction and high-quality, cost-effective delivery of development services including planning, permitting, and inspections. The meeting will be on Wednesday, November 2, from 8 - 9:00 a.m. at the chamber. To see the Gartner study report update, click here.

This event is open to all chamber members. For more information and to register, click here.   

Electric Vehicles: A 101 for Developers  

Neighborhood and Business Services (NBS) is hosting a session to assist developers on how to prepare for and respond to the increasing popularity of electric vehicles. Join the City of Charlotte and the Centralina Council of Governments for a lunch-and-learn discussion including planning, permitting and inspections. The meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

For more information and to register, click here.  

FLSA: Working Through the Changes     

The November Workplace and Business Topics committee meeting will be a panel discussion on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA) and the changes organizations are undergoing. Joel Riddle, human resources director for Mecklenburg County and Laura Belcher, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte will discuss lessons learned and best practices from their experiences. The meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15, from 8 - 9:00 a.m. at the chamber.

This event is open to all chamber members. For more information and to register, click here