Current Issues

Ready to Fight?

The following article is from BAPAC – Business Alliance For Protecting The Atlantic Coast Ready to Fight? January 9, 2018 Last week the Trump Administration declared that it wants to make every inch of the Atlantic Coast from Key West to the Canadian border available for offshore oil drilling.  Since the U.S. is already energy … read more

Chamber is the ‘Voice of Business”

The Chamber is actively engaged in issues advocacy and speaks out to influence public policy decisions at the local, state and federal levels. Sandi Malone is Chair of the Chamber’s Public & Government Affairs Committee, which is constantly monitoring legislative and regulatory issues. “Government affairs is a primary focus for our Chamber, and we have … read more

Chamber’s legislative priorities include transportation, military and tourism interests

The 2016 Legislative Agenda being advanced by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce contains seven top-tier legislative priorities. “There has been some rearrangement this year in the Chamber’s top-tier of priorities, as the Board of Directors wanted to strongly advocate for the elimination of the Economic Development Tier System in this legislative session,” said Chamber … read more

Chamber’s Legislative Agenda addresses dredging and beach nourishment concerns

Part 4 or a 4 part series Several of the Chamber’s legislative priorities relate to waterways and beach issues.  Here is another installment in the series to highlight elements of the Chamber’s 2016 Legislative Agenda: Support for North Carolina’s Ports:  The North Carolina State Ports Authority is a catalyst for economic growth and development throughout … read more

Other Chamber priorities in the 2016 Legislative Agenda

Part 3 of a 4 part series Maintain/Increase Tourism Funding  With tourism being one of the mainstays of Carteret County’s economy, the Chamber encourages maintaining or increasing state funding to effectively market and promote North Carolina as a diversified vacation destination. “We appreciate the $2 million bump in tourism funding that occurred in the 2015 … read more

More on Chamber’s 2016 legislative priorities

Part 2 of a 4 part series The Chamber’s 2016 Legislative Agenda has been approved unanimously by the Board of Directors and shared with local legislators. “There’s some ‘unfinished business’ we would like lawmakers to take care of when the General Assemblyconvenes in Raleigh for the Short Session Monday, April 25,” said Mary Carlyle Brown, … read more

Chamber Board adopts Legislative Agenda

The Chamber’s 2016 Legislative Agenda has been approved unanimously by the Board of Directors and shared with local legislators. “There’s some ‘unfinished business’ we would like lawmakers to take care of when the General Assembly convenes in Raleigh for the Short Session Monday, April 25,” said Mary Carlyle Brown, Chair of the Chamber’s Public & Government Affairs Committee. “There has been some movement in the … read more

North Carolina invests in strengthening military communities

Senator Norman Sanderson’s opening comments at the Chamber’ Legislative Luncheon Wednesday were: “This is a great thing you ask us to do…to come and meet with you and be accountable to you.” He commented on several of the legislative priorities on the Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Agenda, including “Support for the Military.” Sen. Sanderson offered assurance … read more

Legislators address packed house of Chamber members

Representative Pat McElraft and Senator Norman Sanderson are flanked by Brian Brown (left), an aide to U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, and Chamber Chair Kerry Youngblood of Carteret Community College. Senator Norman Sanderson revealed that coastal North Carolina legislators have a strategy for dealing with their colleagues in the General Assembly. The essence of their message: … read more

State Insurance Ruling Generates Sigh of Relief from Homeowners

Coastal homeowners applauded the ruling by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin to deny the excessive rate increase in homeowners’ insurance premiums that had been requested by the North Carolina Rate Bureau in 2014. Almost all of Carteret County was targeted for a 35 percent rate increase, but following an extensive public hearing, Goodwin determined … read more