Author Archives: NC Chamber

Aligning NC’s Education Goals with Our Workforce Needs

Aligning the goals of North Carolina’s strong education systems with the needs of the state’s rapidly evolving workforce is a must if we’re to close the skills gap long-term. From apprenticeships to events like Manufacturing Day, the business community and our education systems are already working together to cultivate better alignment but there’s still more to do. It is for…

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ICYMI: NC Can Open a Pipeline to New Industry

Last week, David Fountain, North Carolina president of Duke Energy and NC Chamber chair, penned an op-ed published in The News & Observer highlighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s ability to strengthen North Carolina’s economic development. Entitled “NC can open a pipeline to new industry,” the piece makes the case for the pipeline, arguing that North Carolina must ready its infrastructure…

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ICYMI: ATRA Releases 2017-2018 “Judicial Hellholes”

Earlier this month the American Tort Reform Association released the 2017-2018 Judicial Hellholes Report, which shines a light on jurisdictions that have cultivated a reputation as unfair and unbalanced in civil legal proceedings. Whether much of an area’s legal climate is stymied by litigation tourism or asbestos lawsuits, there is one detriment each has in common – courts determined to…

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Improving Health Care Value in NC

Health care value is defined as improved outcomes at a predictable cost. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s health outcomes are below average. The state even slipped from 31st to 32nd in the United Health Foundation’s national health rankings last year. Health care continually remains one of job creators’ greatest concerns and as the number one purchasers of coverage in the state, these…

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Apprenticeships Aren’t Just for Blue Collar Jobs

For many, the word apprenticeship strikes an immediate association with an outdated stigma that’s not reflective of today’s programs. Long associated with blue collar industries, apprenticeship programs are now expanding into major corporations to train talent for white collar jobs, changing the landscape of apprenticeships across the country. This Washington Post article explores this change and its impact on our…

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NC Company’s Bankruptcy Shows Need for Legal Reform

Last month, Bestwall LLC, a Georgia-Pacific affiliate, filed for bankruptcy to establish a trust to resolve current and future asbestos lawsuits. This, after spending approximately $2.9 billion fighting more than 430,000 lawsuits over the course of the last 40 years. While the company accounted for less than 1% of the total asbestos used in more than 3,000 asbestos-containing products manufactured…

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This Charlotte High School is Changing Workforce Development

There’s no question that the skills gap is an impediment to competitiveness and unfortunately, it’s a challenge afflicting industries in every corner of the state. In order to close the skills gap long-term, we must support effective K-12 public schools that fully prepare students with 21st-century career-training opportunities. It is this experience that will ensure students are career and college…

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Another Victory for NC’s Workers’ Compensation System

Yesterday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued another victory for North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system. Reversing a ruling by the Wake County Superior Court, the state Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision supporting the qualification of ambulatory surgical centers as “hospitals” when applying fee schedules. While the case could be taken up by the North Carolina Supreme Court,…

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Federal Tax Reform Update

Capitol Hill was busy last week. As you know, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in a 227-205 vote last Thursday. This, while the Senate Finance Committee voted its own tax reform legislation out of committee. You can view a side-by-side comparison of both versions here. Now, all eyes will be on…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: McCreary Modern

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. For our final feature of the week, we’re showcasing McCreary Modern’s apprenticeship program.…

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