|Legislative Update, March 1-15, 2017|
|(NOTE: Our goal is to provide you with updates on Bills filed in the Legislature that may be of interest to the business community and local economic development – Bills will be listed as they are filed weekly, not necessarily as made into law)|
Economic/Job Growth for NC Distilleries– Otherwise known as the “Brunch Bill,” will allow Restaurants and Bars to serve liquor drinks at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of waiting until Noon, subject to City and County approval
Local Sales Tax Option for Education – Allows for referendums by counties to raise sales tax by ¼ to ½ percent in order to fund public education projects
No Stormwater Fees for Airports– Exempts airports from paying stormwater utility fees levied on runways and taxiways
Municipal Elections in Even-Numbered Years – Senate bill, parallels one already filed in the House, requiring all municipal elections to take place in even-numbered years, starting in 2022
Fantasy Sports Regulation – Brings all fantasy sports operators within the purview of the Department of State and its reporting requirements
E-Verify Required – Requires all contractors or subcontractors doing business with the State (or political subdivision thereof) to authorize all employees through E-verify
|Asheville Chamber joins others across the state for Chamber Day|
Asheville Chamber President Kit Cramer and Vice President of Public Policy Corey Atkins were in Raleigh last week for Chamber Day. Organized by the North Carolina Chamber, Chamber Day brings together business leaders, local chambers of commerce and legislators to discuss the aligned business community’s jobs agenda and issues crucial to its future. Serving as the voice for business in our community, the Asheville Chamber takes advantage of opportunities like this to stay informed, make connections and advocate on your behalf to ensure a business-friendly environment in our community.
|A Community Conversation on Affordable Housing for Artists|
|The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to participate in a community conversation on affordable housing solutions for artists in Asheville.|
Please join us in welcoming Artspace, the national nonprofit leader in developing affordable artist live/work spaces, for a public presentation and discussion of a potential arts-based development project in Asheville.
Free parking available at HomeTrust Bank, 10 Woodfin St, Asheville. Light refreshments provided by Green Opportunities and Buchi Kombucha.
The project has received generous support from the The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Duke Energy Foundation, and Ted & Terry Van Duyn.
Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/276926046066681/
|March Business Before Hours|
|8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | PNC Bank, One Town Square Blvd., Suite 250, Asheville | Details|
|Mega Networking - Spring 2017|
|Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for TruPoint Bank|
|10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. | 116 Executive Park, Asheville | Details|
|April Business After Hours|
|5:30 p.m. | Jonas Gerard Fine Art, 144 Riverview Station, Asheville | Details|
|Sky High Growth Awards Reception|
|5:30 p.m. | The Venue, 21 N. Market St., Asheville, NC 28801 | No Registration Required|
|Chamber & EDC Annual Meeting|
|5:30 p.m. | The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 | Tickets on sale next week|
|Chamber Challenge 5k Race|
|4:30 p.m. | Chamber Parking Lot, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville | Registration open soon|