Chamber approves 2020 legislative priorities

GREENVILLE, NC — In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce approved its 2020 Legislative Priorities at their recent December board meeting.

As with prior years, the funding for a new a new medical education facility at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine remains the number one priority of the Chamber. While the General Assembly fully funded this initiative the 2019 House and Senate budgets, legislators failed to muster enough votes to override the Governor’s veto of the budget. As such, Pitt County missed out on $250 million in potential funding which would have immediately provided for a substantial positive economic impact on nearly all sectors of Pitt County’s economy. 

In addition to several carryover items, the Chamber also added language to support several new priorities that focus on the betterment of Pitt County. Foremost of these new priorities is the call for increased Department of Transportation funding as a means of jumpstarting the stalled projects throughout Pitt County. These projects include the Dickenson Avenue reconditioning, Fire Tower/Portertown road expansions, and Evans Street widening.

Finally, the Chamber’s 2020 priorities reaffirmed its belief that collaboration and communication are the key to resolving several key contentious items in North Carolina. The Chamber firmly believe that any attempts to address politically contentious issues such as closing of the coverage gap and alteration to the State Health Plan must be undertaken in a collaborative manner that is inclusive of all viewpoints on an issue.

This Chamber’s Legislative Priorities serve as the Chamber’s advocacy guidelines for 2020 and is a reflection of the needs expressed throughout the year by our member organizations. Via our Public Policy division, the Chamber strives to create and maintain an economically strong county and region. Through the Chamber’s Issues Committee, the Chamber strives to advance the development of its community, to ensure effective government, to maintain a favorable climate for sound economic growth, and to improve the overall quality of life for Pitt County's citizens. For more information, please visit greenvillenc.org/publicpolicy.

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