• Riverfront
  • Advocacy & Legislative Agenda

    Local and state legislation affecting business is monitored and lobbied for/against by committees, task forces and Chamber staff. Your interests are being protected on such issues as transportation, the port, beaches, health care, the environment, insurance, and more. We also meet regularly with our state and local elected officials to provide our annual Legislative Agenda for Business with direct input from the business community on issues of importance.

  • LOCAL

    • Promote the region as it continues to recover from Hurricane Florence 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

    • 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.

    • Capitalize on infrastructure enhancements (I140, Port of Wilmington, 421 corridor) to support new jobs and enhance existing businesses, including the film industry and other opportunities thriving in the region.

    • Enhance critical education infrastructure at all three levels by supporting our local schools as well as the strategic plans and legislative agenda of CFCC, the UNC System and UNCW.

    • Support the prioritization and funding for local 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Federal & State

    • Proactively work with federal and regional partners in preparation for the 2020 Census to ensure Brunswick County is returned to the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    • Support critical coastal infrastructure by encouraging continued Congressional support as well as requesting the North Carolina General Assembly to provide recurring funding for the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund

    • 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.

    • Support the priorities for UNCW’s continued growth and development, including the legislative requests of the UNC Board of Governors.

    • Support commercial aviation through encouraging recurring funding to airports for infrastructure projects and permanently enacting a competitive jet fuel tax regime.