From Greater Wilmington Business Journal: “Business Alliance Works To Broaden Its Reach”

When lawmakers return to Raleigh for the state legislature’s short session in April, Tyler Newman will be there. He’s the new president and CEO of Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE), an advocacy organization founded in 2003 to encourage investment in the region. His presence when the N.C. General Assembly convenes April 25 and

BASE Shares in 2017 Best Governmental Affairs Initiative Award

In October, our partners at the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) were awarded a STARS Awards from the North Carolina Home Builders Association. The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of those who make major contributions to the residential home building industry. Winners were announced at a ceremony held on October, 12th at the Charlotte

2017 Municipal Elections: Early Voting Starts October 19

As you may have noticed by the growing number of signs on area roadways, campaigns have kicked off in earnest for 2017 municipal elections. There are a number of important new candidates and business friendly incumbents running this fall. From Wilmington City Council and Leland Mayor, to BASE Board member Wilson Sherrill running in Sunset

Congress Kicks Off Tax Reform Discussion

After months of speculation, Congressional leadership and President Trump released their tax reform proposal in late September. More information can be found here. The proposal aims to provide guidance as Congress begins the tax reform process. According to the President and Congressional leaders, the proposal has four goals: make the tax code simple, fair and

With Veto Overrides, General Assembly Creates Shoreline Fund and Stormwater/Redevelopment Relief

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed S16 in August and in September announced his veto of H56. In recent sessions, large omnibus bills like H56 and S16 have been the principal legislative vehicles—functioning by combining a number of smaller issues into a larger bill. Unfortunately, if the entire bill is vetoed, this means all the individual provisions are

Federal Flood Insurance Program Extended Through December 8

As the recent flood events in Texas and Florida clearly show, having a viable and functioning flood insurance product is critical to property owners and the economy. Unfortunately, the scope of the crisis is going to challenge the Congressional flood insurance discussion currently underway. To that end, Congress has acted to reauthorize the program for

Legislature Meets on River Water Quality, GenX

In addition to the GenX funding in H56, the legislature has continued discussions regarding both GenX specifically and North Carolina’s river water quality generally. The House Select Committee on North Carolina River Water Quality met on September 28 in Raleigh. Chaired by Rep. Ted Davis, Rep. Frank Iler and Rep. Holly Grange, the committee heard

New Hanover Commissioners UNANIMOUSLY Approve Special Use Permit Changes

At their meeting last night, the New Hanover County Commissioners took final action on the Special Use Permit text amendment and changes to the Table of Permitted Uses, passing them UNANIMOUSLY. Below is the joint statement from the business community coalition which requested the support of the Commissioners on this important economic development initiative. Please thank

TRUMP ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

On February 28, President Trump honored a campaign promise and signed an executive order directing EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the process of rescinding or revising the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. (You can read his full remarks here) The executive order provides EPA and the Corps direction to rework the

Congressman Rouzer Speaks at BCAR

During the February Congressional recess, the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS held their annual legislative breakfast, which was facilitated by BASE and featured Congressman David Rouzer. Congressman Rouzer gave updates on a number of specific national issues including tax reform and health care reform. Having recently returned from a trip to the border in Texas,

Push Continues for Sustainable State Shoreline Funding

As you may have seen recently in local media (here or here), the push for statewide shoreline funding is continuing to build momentum. At this point, it is important to educate inland business groups and legislators on the statewide economic importance of beaches. The draft resolution below is one method our advocacy partners are employing