Cornelius, NC (Revised) May 17, 2016 – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will examine the issue of HB2 when the Chamber hosts its May Focus Friday program on Friday, May 20 from 8:30 to 10 am at the Chamber. Business and community leaders will hear dueling perspectives on the controversial legislation when North Carolina State Senators Jeff Tarte and Joel Ford square off at the Lake Norman Chamber located at 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.
Bill Russell, president of the Chamber, is concerned about the overall economic impact on business. “We have had members of our hospitality industry share their anxiety regarding the possible cancellation of conferences, events, and corporate travel,” said Russell.
Senator Jeff Tarte, a Republican, is a two-term Senator representing District #41. He is Co-Chair of the Senate Information Technology Committee and Vice Chair of Healthcare. Senator Ford, a Democrat representing District #38, has served two terms and is a Business Operations Executive. Senator Ford serves on the Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Appropriations – Transportation, Finance, Insurance and Transportation Committees.
The topic of the Chamber’s Focus Friday is “HB2: The Impact on North Carolina’s Commerce and our Reputation in a Global Economy.” While the majority of time will be allotted for discussion on HB2, the legislators will be asked to comment on other aspects of the Legislative Short Session including the state budget, teacher pay, public health, and the ongoing issue related to tolling I77 at Lake Norman.
The Chamber’s Focus Friday is a public policy program which examines community and legislative issues from varying perspectives. Intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members, it is open to any local citizen or business that RSVP’s at 704-892-1922. There is no cost to attend and a complimentary continental breakfast will be supplied courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center and Supporting Sponsors WSIC 100.7FM, and Business Today.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 1,000 business members serves the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.
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