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
2020 Economic Development Legislative Priorities
1. ENHANCE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
- Increase funding to support Apprenticeships and Internships
Support our education partners in securing more funding for short-term workforce training programs – specifically work-based learning opportunities via apprenticeships and internships – across all businesses.
- Further Increases for the Support for Career Coaches
Continue building on the successful support of the expansion of the Career Coach Program through the State to ensure all NC High School students have access to a Career Coach when determining career goals and available pathways.
2. IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
- Multi-Year Funding for Broadband Expansion to Unserved & Underserved Areas of NC
Support a mix of solutions that will increase the accessibility and affordability of broadband Internet access to all citizens and corporations in North Carolina.
- Modify Guidelines for IDF-Utility Account Grants for Rural Census Tracts in Tier 3 Counties
Seek NC Senate passage of the NC House of Representative bill modifying the guidelines for IDF-Utility Account grants to include eligibility for projects in rural or less developed census tracts of Tier 3 counties.
- Increase Recurring Funding for State Rural Grants Programs
Seek increase of recurring funding for the Department Commerce’s Rural Grant programs — including Building Reuse, Demolition and Public Infrastructure grants. Funding for these important programs is currently inadequate for the need by rural counties seeking to boost their competitive posture and spur job creation.
3. SHARPEN NORTH CAROLINA’S COMPETITIVENESS
- Continued Reduction of NC Franchise Tax Liability
Seek the abatement of NC Franchise Tax, as it can be an impediment on further expansions and capital equipment purchases within the State.
- Elimination of the Cap and Sunset Provisions in JDIG
Encourage the widespread utilization of the Job Development and Investment Grant (JDIG) program by eliminating the cap and sunset provisions.
- Adequate Funding for EDPNC
Provide adequate state funding for the Economic Development Partnership of NC for purposes of global marketing, FDI development, business recruitment and export promotion.
Click HERE to view NCEDA’s 2020 Legislative Strategy document.