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Author Archives: NC Chamber

NAFTA Negotiations Enter Final Stages

This week, representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico are meeting in Washington for another round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer has indicated that this may be the final round of negotiations as the administration hopes to present the deal to Congress before November’s midterm elections. As we’ve written…

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Celebrating North Carolina’s Small Businesses

Tomorrow, May 5th, wraps up National Small Business Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the entrepreneurs, employees, patrons, and owners of small businesses across the country and here at home in North Carolina. Small businesses play a huge role in driving North Carolina’s growing economy, but they also face real challenges to starting and growing their operations. From removing regulatory…

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Latest Workers’ Comp Win Will Save Employers $125 Million

North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system wins again. This time, saving employers more than $125 million. Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme Court denied a motion to review a ruling made late last year by the state Court of Appeals in favor of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You may recall the Court of Appeals’ unanimous ruling solidified that the…

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Innovation is on the Rise, but There’s Still More to Do

When we assess North Carolina’s progress and development, some key indicators—economic or otherwise—may be easier to track than others. Jobs created or lost, graduation rates, commuting time: these are metrics we hear often. But how do you quantify something like “innovation”? As you know, this was a challenge the NC Chamber took on in 2013 when we first developed NC…

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Female Leaders in Manufacturing are Changing the Conversation

Manufacturing is a major contributor to North Carolina’s economy. Employing nearly 11% of our workforce, the manufacturing industry is a growing and exciting field with plenty of opportunities for North Carolinians. But while the industry has evolved drastically to integrate sophisticated technology and cutting-edge innovation, it has failed to shed its antiquated reputation. Younger generations are hesitant to pursue careers…

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Spreading Economic Opportunity Across North Carolina

Recently, The News & Observer editorial board penned a piece called “To help rural North Carolina, the state must invest more,” suggesting that tax reform and supporting rural parts of our state were mutually exclusive. We couldn’t agree more that there’s an urgent need to bridge the urban-rural divide in our state and ensure that economic opportunity isn’t confined to…

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How You Can Help Solve the “Homework Gap” to Refill the Talent Pipeline

Many of our members experience the skills gap on a daily basis. When you’re looking to grow, expand, or hire, you may struggle to find the right talent with the appropriate skills for your open positions. It’s a challenge the NC Chamber is constantly thinking about and working on, but today, I’m pleased to share one way you & your…

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North Carolina Chamber Names Cole Hughes New Political Director

North Carolina Chamber Names Cole Hughes New Political Director Seasoned Political Operative Joins State Chamber of Commerce to Advance Pro-Jobs Agenda RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Chamber announced today that Cole Hughes has joined the organization as its new political director. As of Thursday, March 1, Hughes will direct the Chamber’s political program, coordinate with the government affairs team…

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Flagrant Abuses in Asbestos Litigation are Driving Frivolous Lawsuits

It’s been nearly 50 years since the first asbestos lawsuit was filed. Since that time, asbestos litigation has become riddled with unethical legal practices employed by bad acting personal injury attorneys looking to pad their wallets. From double-dipping damages to hiding evidence of exposure to over-naming defendants, personal injury attorneys have made taking advantage of vulnerabilities in our legal system…

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Innovative Concepts Driving Health Care Value in NC

For a state that continually tops competitive rankings for its stellar business climate, it’s disheartening to see North Carolina lumped among the worst states for health care. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s health care outcomes are below average and the state ranks next to last in health care costs. Considering health care value is defined as improved outcomes at a predictable cost,…

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