NC Chambers urge legislators to take action on stimulus package

December 15, 2020

Joining a coalition of chambers of commerce across North Carolina, the Asheville Chamber signed on to a letter to the NC Congressional Delegation to demand action be taken on another stimulus bill before the end of the year.

NC Congressional Delegation:

Thank you for your leadership during this time of unprecedented crisis. We are fortunate to have committed elected officials in North Carolina, who are leading and serving our state.

Together, our coalition represents more than 150,000 businesses across the state and collectively we have shared purpose in advancing economic growth for all, reaching every corner of North Carolina. We stand united in providing a voice for businesses of all sizes.

While our state’s healthcare and other essential industries and workers continue to help lead us locally, nationally, and globally through this pandemic, support has been vital because of the increased costs of operating safely and efficiently. Relief remains important especially to the sectors that continue to be most impacted, including airlines, airports, entertainment, events and venues, gyms and fitness centers, hotels, personal care, restaurants and bars, retail, sports, schools, tourism, and travel.

As you continue to negotiate the many needs that persist because of the links between economic health and public health, the undersigned chambers of commerce from across the state urge you to support additional emergency assistance for employers such as the Paycheck Protection Program and liability protections that also recognize state progress on these issues, as well as more flexible state and local aid.  These measures will help spur recovery efforts all across this state by helping businesses and their employees continue to meet the needs of customers and suppliers in critical industries as well as their families.

While we understand negotiations on bills such as this are difficult, businesses and individuals are in urgent need of assistance before the end of the year.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and efforts to ensure the strength, resiliency, and vibrancy of the North Carolina economy.

Kit Cramer
President and CEO
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce 
Sharon Tabor
Executive Director
Black Mountain Swannanoa
Chamber of Commerce
Howard Johnson
Cary Chamber of Commerce
Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM, CCEC
The Chamber of Catawba County
Barbi Jones
Executive Director
The Chamber, Leading Business in Cabarrus
Janet LaBar

President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Griselda Bailey
Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte
Cindy Poindexter
President/CEOChatham Chamber of Commerce
Dana B Wooten
President CEO
Clayton Chamber of Commerce 
Geoff Durham

President & CEO
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

Bill Watson
Cleveland County Chamber
Taneshia Kerr
Interim President and CEOGreater Fayetteville Chamber
Brent Christensen
President & CEO
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Kate Teel
President & CEO
Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce
CeCe Hipps
Haywood Chamber
Jill Swain
Executive Director
Huntersville Regional Chamber
Laurette Leagon
PresidentJacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce
Chris Corner
Kernersville Chamber of Commerce
Ditra Miller
Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Tullar
Executive Director
Matthews Chamber of Commerce
Paul Lowrance
Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce
Kirk Ballard
Mooresville/South Iredell Chamber
Adrienne Cole
President & CEO
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
David M Farris
President & CEO
Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce
Rachel Morris
Executive Director
Rolesville Chamber of Commerce
Elaine Spalding
Rowan Chamber
Sandy Selvy-Mullis
Stanly County Chamber of Commerce
Clark Lovelace
Executive DirectorBrevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Michael L. Mancuso
President & CEO
Triangle East Chamber of Commerce
Kate Daniels
President & CEO
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
Natalie Haskins English
President and CEO
Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Ryan Simons
Wilson Chamber of Commerce
Mark Owens

President & CEO
Greater Winston Salem, Inc.

Denise Nowell
President and CEO
Zebulon Chamber of Commerce