WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce has published its Legislative Agenda for 2017. Developed by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, the agenda focuses on three primary areas: economic development, transportation, and education.
“As the voice of businesses in our community, I believe it’s critical that we focus on the issues and concerns that are important to our members,” said Ann Welton, Chamber president. “After surveying our membership and working with Town of Wake Forest staff, it became clear that these are key areas affecting all of us.”
The Government Affairs Committee will be monitoring local ordinances and policies, state legislation, and federal regulations that may affect businesses in the Wake Forest area, Welton said. When necessary and appropriate, the committee plans to support or oppose legislation or policies, and will organize grass-roots efforts and publicize the issues. The agenda includes:
•Advocating funding and activation of an infrastructure development fund to help Wake Forest develop viable industrial sites, spurring new tax base growth, and job creation.
•Enhance the accessibility and affordability of fiber optic networks to serve the growth and development needs of the Wake Forest business community.
•Actively support the Town of Wake Forest, State of North Carolina, and our elected federal officials in showcasing Wake Forest as a destination for business innovation and success.
•Supporting funding for more timely improvements to U.S. 1/Capital Boulevard.
•Pursuing funding and the activation of a commuter rail system connecting Wake Forest to Raleigh and other surrounding areas.
•Work with elected officials at all levels of government to support and further the Town of Wake Forest’s updated Transportation Plan.
•Being the leader in beneficial collaboration between the business and education communities in the Wake Forest area.
•Supporting innovative ways to improve early childhood education.
•Working with local and state officials to recruit and retain high quality educators for Wake Forest.
For more information on the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, visit wakeforestchamber.org, or call 919-556-1519.