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Governmental Affairs Committee Update

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from February 28, 2016.

The Governmental Affairs Committee hosted a Q&A Session on Healthcare Updates with Triangle Hospitals at the Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE to view the presentation.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from January 24, 2016.

The Governmental Affairs Committee (co-chaired by Glenda Gibson and Lisa Schreiner) hosted Blake Massengill, Mayor Pro Tem from the Town of Fuquay-Varina, for a Q&A at the Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE to see notes from the discussion.

Additional Information:  

Intelligent Traffic Systems provide for linking and coordination signals and better timing/utilization for the signal network. They also allow for preemption for rail and public safety emergencies. Raleigh, Durham and Cary have incorporated Intelligent Traffic Systems for some time.

Fayetteville submitted a 4+ million dollar ITS project into the NCDOT’s Strategic Prioritization Office and it scored very well versus other roadway projects because they provide good benefits to traffic management with lower costs when compared to traditional roadway improvements.  From Fayetteville’s experience, CAMPO realized that several of the MPO members could have Intelligent Traffic System projects that would score well and they proposed 5, all of which were recommended for funding by NCDOT’s Strategic Prioritization Office (Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest, Clayton, Knightdale, and Morrisville).  The proposed budget for the FV ITS project is $2,144,000.  The project is projected for ROW in 2019 and Construction in 2020.  CAMPO plans to do some preliminary design and cost estimate refinement in the upcoming year.  That will include input from the municipalities and verification that the project cost is correct.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from November 29, 2016.

In Lieu of a meeting the Governmental Affairs Committee (co-chaired by Glenda Gibson and Lisa Schreiner>) hosted Ed Ridpath, Chairman of the Town Planning Board. He shared the following presentation with the group.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from October 25, 2016.

The committee explored a format of hosting a monthly guest for a Q&A session with the Chamber membership at large.  The first two invited guests will be Ed Ridpath, Chair of the Town Planning Board and Blake Massengill, Mayor Pro Tempore.

School Board and County Commission candidate forum on October 25th, 2016.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from September 27, 2016.

Promotion strategies for candidate forums was discussed.

Transportation and education subcommittees discussed work plans.

A summary of the Chamber’s annual session was presented.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from July 26, 2016.

Actions of the Crime Subcommittee:

  • Tried to obtain the crime statistics for FV. Apparently it’s not as easy as it seems.
  • The statistics are compiled by the FBI and run one year behind.
  • FVPD is trying to help obtain accurate crime statistics for FV.

The Court of Appeals refused to rehear the redistricting case before the full panel of 15.  So the fate of the newly created Wake County District B remains in limbo.  This makes the fate of the candidate forums uncertain as well because if the maps go back to 2011 all the seats are at-large and there would be little incentive for the candidates to campaign/attend forum in FV.

Committee will explore possibility of partnering with the League of Women Voters for a candidate forum.

The committee was encouraged to attend the Transit Plan Q&A on Tues. 8/2 at 8AM-930AM at Becky Medlin Realty.

Summary of the Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting from May 31, 2016.

Lisa Schreiner represented the F-V Chamber at Legislative Day 2016; reporting much of day’s focus related to HB2 from various groups, along with updates from Roy Cooper.

Requests to adopt two resolutions have been brought to the Chamber for consideration:  Economic Opportunity and Wake Transit Plan

Many of the items in the summary provided did not have enough clarity or definition to the impact for business community- further input will be sought from town and elected officials.

Results of survey to members yielded top areas to focus committee attention: economic development, transportation, education, crime, town/chamber relationship, regulatory & policy changes, member education, energy, healthcare, access to elected officials. 25 members participated in the survey.

Survey to be used to develop sub committees for developing action around top member priorities

Drafting of Mission Statement-

After reviewing mission statements from the Governmental Affairs committees at the Apex and Wake Forest Chambers, FVCOC will be drafting a statement to present to the full board for consideration

Congressman George Holding joined the meeting.  Following a brief summary of time in office the congressman entertained a series of questions on a wide variety of concerns from attendees including:

  1. Accomplishments, changes in policy during his term and future projections
  2. Shared views on greatest concerns facing nation
  3. Dialogue around legislative and social concerns related to business, healthcare, transportation, and immigration
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Erin Ramsey
Erin Ramsey is the Operations Manager at the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce. She is also known by many in town as their Zumba instructor. She's lived in Fuquay-Varina with her husband and two daughters since 2005 and prior to moving to NC her career included 14 years at Walt Disney World in Florida.
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