Chamber members and stakeholders
Carolinas HealthCare to Present Information on Planned Facility for Huntersville – Thursday, June 30 3:00 pm at the Chamber
The Lake Norman Chamber invites any interested Chamber member to attend a special Public Policy Meeting of the Chamber to hear information on plans to build a 44-bed behavioral health hospital in Huntersville. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 30th at 3:00 pm in the Randy Marion Conference Room.
Carolinas HealthCare System has submitted a Certificate of Need application to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which, according to CHS, will help address the growing demand in the community for inpatient beds for behavioral health patients and ease the overcapacity at CMC-Randolph. DHHS plans to hold a public hearing on CHS’s CON application on July 14, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Charlotte.
Del Murphy, Vice President, Planning and Market Development for Carolinas HealthCare System will speak on the issue. Our members are invited and encouraged to participate in the discussion.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses Chamber in July
The QueenCity’s Mayor will make his first appearance with the Lake Norman Business community with a luncheon held, Thursday, July 21, at 11:45 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Mayor Foxx will address how the planned 2017 PGA Championship and the 2012 Democratic Nation Convention will elevate the Charlotte region’s national presence, aid in our economic development and stimulate commerce, and position Charlotte as a destination for travel and tourism. The announcements are already impacting conference and convention bookings by the CRVA. Register for the PowerLuncheon here or call the Chamber at 704-892-1922.
This past March, hotel owners / managers and officials with our Convention and Visitors Bureau asked for the Chamber’s assistance regarding a funding challenge with travel and tourism taxes. This issue, which has been discussed and reported about at length by the media over the last few months, has now been settled by legislation in Raleigh. The Chamber, which is often looked upon as the voice of business, is certainly an advocate of our own membership and we took a strong position supporting the nineteen hotels and more than fifty restaurants who are members of our Chamber.
The funding of Visit Lake Norman is also one of our position statements in our 2011 Legislative Agenda developed by our Public Policy Committee and approved by our Chamber Board of Directors. That being said, with the funding now settled, it will be up to the officials with Visit Lake Norman and the elected officials of the three North Mecklenburg towns to agree on an Interlocal Agreement. The agreement discusses how the organization is to be governed and how the towns and Visit LKN will work together to market our region attracting events which bring dollars to our local economy.
The last couple of months of political posturing before the passage of the legislation and the ensuing fallout has left some with bruised egos, hurt feelings, and perhaps mistrust – on both sides. It certainly is the hope of the Chamber that we can put much of this behind us as quickly as possible to move our community and region forward.
While that may seem difficult, I am reminded of a striking scene of the 1970’s at the funeral of former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Seated next to Humphrey’s wife was former U.S. President Richard Nixon, a long time political adversary of Humphrey and a man who disgraced himself through his own words and actions. Vice President Humphrey had asked that Nixon be accorded this seat of honor.
Three days before Humphrey passed away, Jesse Jackson visited him in the hospital. Humphrey told Jackson that he had just phoned Nixon. Rev. Jackson, understanding their past relationship and often bitter words, asked why. Here’s what Humphrey had to say:
“From this vantage point, with the sun setting in my life, all of the speeches, the political conventions, the crowds, and the great fights are behind me. At a time like this you are forced to deal with your irreducible essence, forced to grapple with what is really important, and what I have concluded about life is that when all is said and done, we must forgive each other, redeem each other, and move on.”
We have much to be thankful for as business owners, employees, citizens, and elected officials. Lake Norman is a great place to live, work and visit – and rather than focus on what we perceive as slights and shortcomings – we as community and business leaders have a responsibility to focus on what makes us a great community. We achieved much of our success by working together as a region. Humphrey’s sentiment reminds us all that our future is filled with unbridled opportunity as long as we work hard, work smart, and work together!
I hope everyone has an outstanding 4th with your family and friends and as always, have a great day at the lake!