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Chamber E-NEWS 3/15/2017
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Legislative Update, March 1-15, 2017
(NOTE: Our goal is to provide you with updates on Bills filed in the Legislature that may be of interest to the business community and local economic development – Bills will be listed as they are filed weekly, not necessarily as made into law)
Economic/Job Growth for NC Distilleries– Otherwise known as the “Brunch Bill,” will allow Restaurants and Bars to serve liquor drinks at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of waiting until Noon, subject to City and County approval
Local Sales Tax Option for Education – Allows for referendums by counties to raise sales tax by ¼ to ½ percent in order to fund public education projects
No Stormwater Fees for Airports– Exempts airports from paying stormwater utility fees levied on runways and taxiways
Municipal Elections in Even-Numbered Years – Senate bill, parallels one already filed in the House, requiring all municipal elections to take place in even-numbered years, starting in 2022
Fantasy Sports Regulation – Brings all fantasy sports operators within the purview of the Department of State and its reporting requirements
E-Verify Required – Requires all contractors or subcontractors doing business with the State (or political subdivision thereof) to authorize all employees through E-verify
Asheville Chamber joins others across the state for Chamber Day
Asheville Chamber President Kit Cramer and Vice President of Public Policy Corey Atkins were in Raleigh last week for Chamber Day.  Organized by the North Carolina Chamber, Chamber Day brings together business leaders, local chambers of commerce and legislators to discuss the aligned business community’s jobs agenda and issues crucial to its future. Serving as the voice for business in our community, the Asheville Chamber takes advantage of opportunities like this to stay informed, make connections and advocate on your behalf to ensure a business-friendly environment in our community.

A Community Conversation on Affordable Housing for Artists
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to participate in a community conversation on affordable housing solutions for artists in Asheville.
Please join us in welcoming Artspace, the national nonprofit leader in developing affordable artist live/work spaces, for a public presentation and discussion of a potential arts-based development project in Asheville.
Free parking available at HomeTrust Bank, 10 Woodfin St, Asheville. Light refreshments provided by Green Opportunities and Buchi Kombucha.
The project has received generous support from the The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, City of Asheville, Duke Energy Foundation, and Ted & Terry Van Duyn.
Learn more and RSVP here:
Upcoming Events
Mar. 21
March Business Before Hours
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | PNC Bank, One Town Square Blvd., Suite 250, Asheville | Details
Mar. 22
Mega Networking - Spring 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | Holiday Inn Biltmore West, 435 Smoky Park Hwy. | Details & Register
Mar. 23
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for TruPoint Bank
10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. | 116 Executive Park, Asheville | Details
April 6
April Business After Hours
5:30 p.m. | Jonas Gerard Fine Art, 144 Riverview Station, Asheville | Details
Save These Dates
April 11
Sky High Growth Awards Reception
5:30 p.m. | The Venue, 21 N. Market St., Asheville, NC  28801 | No Registration Required
May 15
Chamber & EDC Annual Meeting
5:30 p.m. | The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, NC  28804 | Tickets on sale next week
June 2
Chamber Challenge 5k Race
4:30 p.m. | Chamber Parking Lot, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville | Registration open soon

Welcome to our newest members!
Farm to Fender - food truck/catering
Big Cloud Consultants, LLC - software assistance and consulting
BUILD Carolina - general contractor
Gardner-Webb University - four-year university
ALCOVA Mortgage, LLC - mortgage company
Mount Mitchell Golf Club - golf course
Community Events
Mar 16 - ASAP's 2017 CSA Fair
Mar 17 - Vintage Market Days®
Mar 17 - Open House for ALCOVA Mortgage, LLC
Mar 17 - Grand Opening for Enter the Conundrum, Inc.
Mar 21 - Brain Tune-Up with Dr. Elizabeth Pavka
Mar 22 - Career Fest 2017
Mar 22 - Artspace Public Meeting
Mar 23 - Liberty Corner Enterprises 30th Anniversary Celebration
Mar 28 - New Volunteer Hospice Orientation Training
Mar 31 - Avoiding Investment Fraud Schemes and Safeguarding your Retirement, hosted by the U.S. Attorney's Office-WDNC with Presentations by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 10am-12pm UNC Asheville, Highsmith Student Union Room 220. RSVP to by March 28th.
Apr 7 - Taking Your Story to the Stage Storytelling Workshop
Apr 7 - Glassworks Concert Series
Apr 7 - About Face: Exploring the Graphic Identity of Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979
News from Members

Longtime Asheville engineering firms unite

Asheville GreenWorks announces 2017 Environmental Excellence award winners

"Viva La Musica!" concert to feature choral groups at UNC Asheville March 26

Glassworks concert series features Burial Beer Co. & The Barsters

Register now for "Run for the Paws" race to benefit Brother Wolf

Hilton Asheville awarded top America's Food and Beverage honor

Mission Health tops "Business North Carolina's" list of 2017 top 10 preferred hospitals

Five-course beer pairing dinner features Burial Beer

Pardee Hospital accepting applications for 2017 Junior Volunteer Program

Brother Wolf seeks fosters for "blooming" kitten population

Grovewood Gallery to host history tours

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