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May 23, 2016

Charlotte Chamber Disputes Anti-LGBT Label 

The Charlotte Chamber is clearly focused on trying to expand protections in Charlotte and North Carolina for the LGBT community. Others may disagree with our approach but we take great offense at the suggestion that we support discrimination of any sort. Our position was approved by a 24 – 0 vote of our Executive Committee with one abstention.

To review all of the chamber’s statements regarding HB 2, click here.

Media coverage: Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Business Journal.

Legislative Update From McGuire Woods

House Approves Budget Proposal, Goes to Senate

Following the passage of many floor amendments Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the North Carolina House passed their budget proposal on the third reading 103-12. The budget, which passed with bipartisan support, will be sent to the North Carolina Senate for review. 

The Senate has announced plans to pass its version of the budget by Memorial Day and begin meeting in subcommittees this week.

To read more about the House special provisions and further details on the budget from Kerri Burke, senior vice president government relations, McGuire Woods Consulting, click here


GreenWorks Tour: Charlotte Outside the Car 

Join us tomorrow for a tour of the alternative modes of transportation in Charlotte. We will ride the LYNX Blue Line and/or B-Cycle to 7th Street Public Market, where we will have a short program with networking. When you’re ready to leave, just ride the light rail back to the Scaleybark park-and-ride lot.

You can find the timeline here

Register today, click here.


Land Use Committee Meeting

Charlotte City Council is considering changes to its Tree Ordinance that could substantially affect future infill development projects. Join the discussion with David Weekly, P.E., City of Charlotte land development manager and Laurie Reid Dukes, Urban Forestry as they present proposed changes and hear feedback on limiting applicability of incentives provided in the Tree Ordinance, section 21-95: Tree save requirements for single-family development.

Register to attend, click here

2016 Health Care Summit 

Friday a record number of attendees joined the chamber for the 2016 Health Care Summit to hear CEOs of the region's largest health care systems - Carl Armato, Novant Health and Gene Wood, Carolinas HealthCare System - discuss trends and issues reshaping the industry. Susan Devore, CEO, Premier Inc., moderated the panel, which covered topics from the presidential election to changing consumer trends, professional fatigue and the ongoing threat of cyber security. To watch the video of the discussion, click here

Presentations from Andy Bressler, CFA managing director, Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, Dr. Jonathan Zenileman chief of infectious disease division, John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Dr. Bimal Shah VP of Premier research services, Premier Inc, Victoria Budson, executive director Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Brad Wilson, president and CEO, of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, covered economics, precision medicine, policy and cost impacts for both consumers and providers. Click to read the Charlotte Observer and WAFE coverage of the summit. 

The Charlotte Chamber's research department released its new 2016 Health Care publication at the summit as well. To review or download, click here or to purchase a copy click here

Healthy Charlotte Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Award winner, Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency (MEDIC) and the 2016 Novant Health Healthly Charlotte Volunteer of the Year, Celia Thompson, ReadyFitness. To view the winners, click here.

For more information on the Healthy Charlotte Council, click here

Passenger Vehicle for Hire Ordinace

Thursday, the community safety committee of the Charlotte city council discussed the Passenger Vehicle for Hire (PVH) Ordinance. The committee was updated on the current regulation model that sets minimum standards for fare, safety, vehicle types and conducts enforcement, while allowing the free market to regulate. The PVH staff gathered community input to identify areas for improvement and city staff recommended several changes including going from the current model to one that includes the creation of new service classifications, regular background checks and expansion of the use of technology. The recommended staff changes will be drafted into a new ordinance, then the city council will receive at a dinner briefing on the ordinance next month. The city council is expected to vote on the proposed ordinance in September.

For more information, click here.