Last year, North Carolina’s infrastructure funding crisis severely impacted businesses in the industry, forcing layoffs and hundreds of project delays. Your NC Chamber team and the aligned business community quickly jumped into action to launch the NC Can’t Afford to Stop Coalition. Charged with finding solutions to address the state’s immediate infrastructure investment needs, the coalition successfully secured NCDOT $290 million through loans from the Highway Trust Fund and additional Build NC bonds. This infusion of dollars was a solid step forward, but challenges remain that demand our attention.
Over the next decade, two million people are expected to move to North Carolina, which would make the state the seventh most populous in the nation. It is vital that our state make critical improvements to our transportation infrastructure networks so that they can withstand the pressures that will come with rapid growth, but that requires investment.
To ensure improvements can be made and to avoid future funding crises, the NC Chamber has maintained the importance of developing a long-term, future-focused plan that establishes predictable, consistent funding measures to increase available transportation infrastructure investment. If North Carolina is to remain competitive and meet the needs of its people, this is essential. Returning stability to the infrastructure funding process will remain a top Chamber priority in 2020 and in the years to follow.
We know this issue is one that directly affects many of your businesses and we want to hear from you. Please fill out this quick survey to tell us about your organization’s 2020 priorities and how infrastructure funding will impact your business in the year ahead.
The ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Power Breakfast
Presented by the NC Chamber
We would also like to invite you to attend the Institute for Emerging Issues ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Power Breakfast at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, located at 1101 Gorman Street in Raleigh. This year’s ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Forum will explore how broadband and internet policy affect our communities and how our state’s digital potential could help us all succeed. Prior to the start of the forum, Larry Irving will join us in a conversation regarding the future of technology and what we should be prepared for. Irving is the president and CEO of the Irving Group and a groundbreaking researcher on the digital divide. His work in Internet policy has had a global impact, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame. To RSVP, click here. This exclusive, free-of-charge breakfast is reserved for NC Chamber members only, however, you must be registered for the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity Forum.