Public Policy

2019 Legislative Agenda

The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level and, as needed, at the county and state level. The Morrisville Chamber’s legislative agenda supports a competitive economic climate while promoting growth and job creation. The Chamber uses three guiding principles when considering taking positions on issues.

Principle 1

Maintain and grow opportunities for Morrisville businesses

  • Support and enhance the performance-based economic development incentive portfolio
  • Increase the formation of and support entrepreneurial businesses in our community
  • Support reforms promoting regulatory efficiency, consistency and economic growth
  • Support tax reforms that promote economic growth and development
  • Protect North Carolina’s Right-to-Work status for public and private employees
  • Support the economic advocacy and workforce development efforts of Wake County Economic Development
  • We maintain a commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the regional business community and in all aspects of talent and workforce development

Principle 2

Improve the regulatory environment and business climate

  • Support policies and projects that make it easier to build, redevelop, and/or conduct business by streamlining and simplifying ordinances and requirements
  • Decrease the property tax burden on Morrisville property owners
  • Increase the exportation of Morrisville/Wake County products and services

Principle 3

Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements to improve the marketability of the area

  • Support annexation and extraterritorial jurisdiction laws that promote rational municipal growth and balance the interests of residential and business property areas
  • Support the Jordan Lake Rules and the Town of Cary’s request for an increase in interbasin transfers which addresses water supply in Cary, Morrisville, Apex and the Wake County portion of RTP
  • Support the study of new ways to generate funding for needed infrastructure investments
  • Restore the historic preservation tax credit
  • Support public and private investment in our area sports leagues, cultural amenities, and the arts to strengthen our vibrant community
  • Support community-driven strategic planning for our community’s parks, greenways, and open space networks
  • Support the advocacy and leadership of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition to advance freeways, major streets, Bus Rapid Transit, freight and commuter rail service, intercity higher-speed rail service, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING AT CHAMBER/FOUNDATION EVENTS

The Morrisville Chamber is the only resource for non-partisan information on Town elections. While we do support issues and help to advance legislation that is pro-business, it is important to our Board of Directors that our organization remains non-partisan. Please remember, we DO NOT allow campaigning at Morrisville Chamber or Morrisville Innovation Foundation functions, programs or events. We certainly welcome candidates to attend our events and programs but respectfully require that you do not actively campaign while in attendance. What does this mean? You are welcome to network with attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. You are not allowed to bring, put out or casually distribute any campaign collateral. If you or anyone from your election campaign is caught actively campaigning at a Chamber/Foundation function, you, unfortunately, will be asked to leave.