The Chambers of Commerce of North Carolinaâs Eastern Region (CCNCER) unveiled its 2011 legislative agenda at a reception on February 14th at Lenoir Community College. During the event, 50 members from Chambers across the region formally presented the legislative agenda to the legislators in attendance: Sen. Harry Brown, Sen. Brent Jackson, Sen. Louis Pate, Rep. George Cleveland, Rep. Stephen LaRoque, Rep. Marian McLawhorn, and Rep. Efton Sager.
CCNCER began work on the legislative agenda in August of 2010 and met monthly to formulate the agenda. The process included bringing in experts from various fields to present information on topics identified for possible inclusion in the agenda. As a result of this process, this yearâs agenda focuses on issues that have regional impact and that are critical to the sustained economic growth of the region such as transportation, infrastructure, burdensome small business legislation, retroactive environmental regulation, coastal insurance rates, and K-16 education and public health.Â
CCNCER is a coalition of chamber executives and business leaders from the 13 counties that comprise NCER. The purpose of CCNCER is to foster a spirit of regionalism, to advocate on behalf of the regionâs businesses, and to innovatively support and leverage business and community opportunities among the chambers in the region. The chambers that participated in formulating the 2011 legislative agenda include: Beulaville Area Chambers of Commerce, Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce, Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce, New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and Wilson Chamber of Commerce. Combined, these chambers represent over 7,225 businesses and nearly 200,000 employees. Involvement in CCNCER is open to all chambers of commerce in the Eastern Region.