Our Legislative Agenda is developed by the Advocacy and Policy Committee and communicates the Chamber’s positions on issues at the state, local and federal levels of government. Working together with various legislative organizations helps promote public policy decisions that reflect the priorities of the region’s economy. Below is our stance on our economy’s pressing issues.

2022 State Legislative Priorities

Business Environment

  • Reform Economic Incentive Tier program that more accurately reflect incentive needs in our entire region and detangle the tier system from other non-economic development related programs
  • Fund a Site Development grant program for localities to prepare economic development sites to market
  • Support funding and increase opportunities for affordable housing for working families through the NC Housing Finance Agency
  • Expand access to capital and training for small business owners

Healthcare

  • Support increasing capacity and funding for behavioral health services
  • Expand and fund opioid/substance misuse prevention and treatment programs
  • Reduce barriers to affordable health insurance and increase access to healthcare for NC’s working families through expansion of Medicaid

Education & Workforce Training

  • Increase pay for childcare workers, K-12 teachers, university and community college faculty and staff to attract/retain talent and achieve market competitiveness
  • Expand affordable access to quality childcare and pre-K education for Western NC’s workforce
  • Increase funding for our local community colleges and universities to continue quality academic and workforce training to support WNC’s economic future

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Develop alternative, long-term funding solutions for sustainable transportation (including electric and natural gas vehicles) and energy frameworks that ensure full, future support of our state’s infrastructure
  • Increase funding for broadband and fiber optic networks in our region, particularly in our rural communities and schools, health care centers and small businesses, including the G.R.E.A.T. grant program
  • Ensure funding measures remain in place for our regional transportation and infrastructure maintenance projects

Environmental Stewardship

  • We support the implementation of HB 951 to further reduce carbon emissions, modernize the grid, and keep energy prices as affordable as possible

Local Bill Focus

  • Change the way occupancy tax is allocated in Buncombe County
    • Shift more funding for investment in tourism-related community projects, in alignment with the state guidelines of two-thirds/one-third