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Category Archives: Infrastructure

NCGA Passes Build NC Bond Act of 2018

The Build NC Bond Act of 2018 is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Yesterday, the House passed Senate Bill 758: Build NC Bond Act of 2018 in a 94-23 vote and last week, the Senate passed the bill unanimously. These bipartisan votes are a major step forward in securing the funds needed to meet our state’s growing transportation…

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Build NC Needed to Improve NC’s Infrastructure

We know improving North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure matters to your business. From our 2018 CEO Poll findings to the concerns you expressed during our “State of North Carolina Business” tour, job creators across the state continue to say that North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure should be a top priority for our state’s leaders. Right now, there are two bills under consideration…

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Why We Support Build NC

57% of the revenue NCDOT currently uses to fund infrastructure projects will decline over the next decade as the vitality of the motor fuels tax diminishes. Unfortunately, the fluctuation in this tax makes transportation infrastructure funding volatile and unsustainable. If the North Carolina fails to implement solutions to diversify revenues, the state’s heavy reliance on the tax will keep it…

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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: Self-Driving Trucks Get Closer to Hitting the Road

In case you missed it, I wanted to share this Law 360 article with you. Published last month, Lawrence Hamilton, David Whitestone and Joel Roberson of Holland & Knight LLP explore the future of autonomous commercial trucks in “Self-Driving Trucks Get Closer to Hitting the Road.” Covering recent developments, potential impacts, safety benefits and other considerations, this piece provides a…

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After FERC Approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Anti-Growth Groups Target Manufacturing

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is one step closer to providing the reliable delivery of low-cost natural gas supplies to portions of eastern North Carolina after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. As Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, described, “FERC’s approval is…

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NC’s Ports are Improving State’s Competitiveness

Several months ago, we published “Moving at the Speed of Business” in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte Business Journals, which outlined upcoming transportation infrastructure projects and their impact on business. One project highlighted was the Queen City Express and the many improvements taking shape at the North Carolina Ports Authority to make North Carolina more competitive. Since its publication, the…

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NC Must Build Upon Infrastructure Improvements

It’s never good to see North Carolina grouped among the worst states in the nation in a competitive ranking. Unfortunately, a recent 24/7 Wall St. ranking had North Carolina as one of 15 “states that are falling apart.” The ranking details how each state’s roads in poor condition, deficient bridges, dams at risk and highway spending stacks up against the…

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Queen City Express Makes First Trip

50%. That’s the number of millennials in the United States that failed to demonstrate proficient literacy in 2015. Considering millennials make up the largest generation in the country’s workforce, that’s a scary number. It’s no wonder job creators are battling a growing skills gap. If half of the largest talent pool can’t perform basic job functions and employers can’t fill…

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Latest Environmental Report Moves the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Forward

After a rigorous three-year review process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, giving the project a favorable review. After an exhaustive review of more than 150,000 pages of regulatory filings and more than 75,000 public comments, this report addresses all environmental and safety concerns and demonstrates the unprecedented…

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