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  • Advocacy & Legislative Agenda


    Complementing the Chamber’s Strategic Plan, the Public Policy Agenda aims to enhance the Chamber’s standing as the voice of business, its positive influence politically and with public policy/advocacy efforts. The Public Policy Agenda supports the Chamber’s vision statement: We position our community for prosperity by cultivating business growth. 

     

  • 2020 State Legislative Priorities following COVID-19

    • Ensure sufficient capacity and transparent, equitable distribution for COVID-19 testing and Personal Protection Equipment and safety protocols for all businesses and workers throughout the state
    • Increase funding for the Golden Leaf Emergency Preparedness Loan program and other economic development recovery programs
    • Work with the federal government to increase funding and length of repayment periods for Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans ensuring equitable distribution with attention to minority-owned as well as sole proprietorships
    • Remediate and improve access to Unemployment Insurance benefits
    • Provide tax credits or incentives to manufacturers and industry-changing production to meet public health and safety needs to address COVID-19
    • Ensure Business Interruption Insurance and Gap Insurance policies cover claims related to COVID-19
    • Prioritize investment in workforce training and upskilling programs to prepare workers impacted by COVID-19 job loss to transition to new careers and available, in-demand jobs
    • Ensure investments are made in our transportation infrastructure (airport, highways, port) for recovery of the lost gas tax and other, transportation revenues
  • Quality of Place

    • Promote robust regional participation in the 2020 Census to ensure Brunswick County is returned to the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. (Federal, State, Local)
    • Support the process of the Partnership Advisory Group as it assists NHRMC and New Hanover County in exploring the future of health care in our region. (Local)
    • Enhance economic development initiatives through the African American Business Council, including leveling the playing field for minority-owned businesses to obtain government contracts. (State, Local)
    • Advocate for opportunities supporting transformational redevelopment such as Project Grace and Project Gateway which create a quality of place and offer a choice for places to live. (Local)
    • Utilize takeaways from InterCity Visits to ensure a focus on economic development and quality of life in the ongoing New Hanover and Wilmington development ordinance drafting processes. (Local)
  • Education & Workforce Development

    • Enhance critical education infrastructure at all three levels by supporting our local schools as well as the strategic plans of CFCC, the UNC System and UNCW. (State, Local)
    • Monitor conversations regarding school calendar changes and their potential impact on student’s success in the classroom, local tourism and our community. (State, Local)
    • Support the legislative request for UNCW and the UNC System, including funding for enrollment growth, appropriate compensation for faculty and staff, capital needs (including repairs and renovations and Randall Library expansion) and operating needs/building reserves for the opening of the Veterans Hall allied health project. (State)
    • Support regional workforce development initiatives that build diverse talent and inclusive of groups of people that have been traditionally disenfranchised such as minority populations, the formerly incarcerated, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, etc. (State, Local)
  • Transportation & Infrastructure

    • Utilize the Regional Transportation Advocacy group to promote regional transportation and infrastructure projects including ongoing NCDOT projects and the WMPO’s 2017-2021 Strategic Business Plan which prioritizes the Cape Fear Crossing, Hampstead Bypass, Independence Boulevard Extension, Rail Re-alignment, Wallace to Castle Hayne and increase direct flights to ILM. (Federal, State, Local)
    • Capitalize on infrastructure enhancements (I-140, Port of Wilmington, 421 corridor) to support new jobs and enhance existing businesses, including the film industry and other opportunities thriving in the region. (State, Local)
    • Support critical coastal infrastructure by encouraging continued Congressional support as well as requesting the North Carolina General Assembly to provide reliable, long-term funding for the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund. (Federal, State)
    • Promote the region as it continues to recover from hurricanes and continue to support ongoing Hurricane Florence recovery funding initiatives. Streamline resilience initiatives to prepare our infrastructure, businesses and community for the next major storm (Federal, State, Local)
    • Support commercial aviation through encouraging recurring funding to airports for infrastructure projects and permanently enacting a competitive jet fuel tax regime. (State)
    • Utilize the Water Resources Task Force to discuss and strategize on water supply issues. Monitor potential impacts of unregulated contaminants on public water supply, new growth, and existing regional businesses. (Federal, State, Local)
    • Encourage NC DOT to conduct a corridor study of the I-74/US-74 corridor with the end goal of changing its terminus to Wilmington. (State, Local)