Government Advocacy for Economic Development

NCEDA is the primary voice promoting and supporting the interests of economic development in our state. That includes the responsibility for advocating with elected officials, other state policymakers and key community and business organizations.

Through the Legislative Committee, NCEDA takes a proactive approach to working with the members of the North Carolina General Assembly and others within state government whose actions and decisions impact our state’s business climate and its ability to recruit new employers and help existing ones grow. We work with our partners to advocate for policies, initiatives and programs that promote job creation, encourage investment and result in economic prosperity throughout North Carolina. We also communicate regularly with our members to keep them informed about relevant legislation .and other news

2021 Virtual Legislative Outreach Week

Dates: April 12 – 16

Make your voice heard at the General Assembly by participating in NCEDA’s 2021 Virtual Legislative Outreach Week April 12-16. Members are encouraged to schedule virtual meetings v with their legislators during the week, to stay engaged online via social media, and to spread the word leading up to and throughout the week.

The week will begin with a Virtual Legislative Briefing on Monday, April 12 from 1 – 2 pm where attendees will hear more about NCEDA’s 2021 Legislative Agenda and will also hear key remarks from NC General Assembly leadership.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH WEEK “CALL TO ACTION”

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Contact Emily Martin (888.246.2332 / emily@nceda.org) with any questions!

2021 Economic Development Legislative Priorities

 

  1. MAXIMIZING NORTH CAROLINA’S TALENT AND WORKFORCE RESOURCES
    • Support Access to Work-Based Learning Opportunities
      Join public and private educational partners at all levels to advocate for improved programs and adequate funding for experiential education and credentialing opportunities via apprenticeships, co-ops, internships and other models – across all economic sectors and in every region.
    • Continued Support for Career Coaches Program
      Build on the expansion of the Career Coach Program to ensure all North Carolina secondary students have access to high-quality counseling when establishing career goals and assessing available pathways.
    • Improve Faculty Compensation at North Carolina Community Colleges
      Support efforts by our partners at NCCCS to improve faculty recruitment and retention in high-demand curricular areas. Currently, North Carolina community college faculty salaries rank #40 in the nation. Policy action should seek to align that figure — at a minimum — with the national average.

 

  1. MODERNIZING INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENHANCING INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT
    • Resolve Broadband Deficits and Support Affordable Connections to the Digital Economy
      Reduce regulatory obstacles, forge programmatic solutions and create incentive mechanisms for accessible and affordable broadband Internet adoption by all citizens, businesses and communities in North Carolina.
    • Increase Recurring Funding for State Rural Grants Programs
      Increase the state’s recurring funding to Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division’s grant programs (e.g., Building Reuse, Building Demolition and Public Infrastructure project awards). Boost funding for these important programs to $20 million annually. 
    • Support Product Development Funding for Distressed Communities in Tier 3 Counties
      Seek passage of guideline modifications for IDF-Utility Account grants to include eligibility for projects in rural census tracts of Tier 3 counties, or otherwise develop new programs to address this need.

 

  1. ELEVATING NORTH CAROLINA’S GLOBAL COMPETITIVE POSTURE
    • Maximize the Effectiveness of the Job Development and Investment Grant (JDIG) Program
      Encourage policies that enable more North Carolina companies and communities to utilize JDIG as a reliable job-creation incentive.
    • Increase Program Funding for EDPNC and the NC Department of Commerce
      Increase funding for the Economic Development Partnership of NC and the NC Department of Commerce for purposes of marketing, global business recruitment activities, existing industry support, small-business assistance and the establishment of a closing fund for high-impact projects.

 

  1. INFLUENCING FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY
    • USEDA Funding and Guideline Changes
      Continue partnering with IEDC to encourage Congress to appropriate $2-$4 billion to USEDA for economic recovery grants, and loosen guidelines to include salaries and overhead expenses.
    • Enhance Rural Prosperity Through Federal Grant Programs
      Boost funding and program innovation for rural economic development via federal grant programs through USDA, SBA and other agencies.