The Chamber of Catawba County Unveils 2024 Legislative Priorities

As the leading advocate for businesses in Catawba County, The Chamber of Catawba County is committed to championing pro-business public policy at all levels of government which drives economic prosperity and fosters community growth.   Led by our Advocacy Taskforce, The Chamber of Catawba County annually produces a Legislative Agenda which includes our guiding principles along […]

January Advocacy Taskforce Meeting

Today, we convened our Advocacy Taskforce for our first meeting of 2024. Rodney Miller, Deputy City Manager/CFO, City of Hickory, shared an overview of the Hickory Regional Airport and future expansion and development to spur economic development and growth for our region.  We also had guests from Raleigh, representing NC Child. NC Child is a nonprofit […]

School Performance Grading Model Reform Needed

Recently, you might have come across the 2022-2023 school grades published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and featured in the Hickory Daily Record. These grades assign a letter grade to each school in North Carolina referred to as the School Performance Grade (SPG). The grading system, established by the General Assembly in […]

Event Recap for the 2023 Future of Catawba County Summit, Presented by Truist

Yesterday, over 325 community leaders attended and engaged with us at the Future of Catawba County Summit, Presented by Truist. The event was held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau in Hickory, NC. See the video below for an event recap. Click here to see all the event photos. To access a downloadable […]

Advocacy@Work: Governor Cooper Signs Medicaid Expansion into Law

  Last Monday, Governor Cooper signed into law Medicaid expansion following passage in both houses of the General Assembly by large, bi-partisan majorities.  Prior to expansion, North Carolina had a “coverage gap” between those who were eligible for Medicaid, and those who earned enough to qualify for federal subsidies.  As a practical matter, this served […]

2023 Legislative Breakfast

Our Legislative Breakfast was held on January 27, 2023 at Moretz Mills. We welcomed over 135 community and business leaders who were eager to learn more about our Advocacy@Work efforts.  Brian Francis, The Chamber of Catawba County’s Advocacy Director, presented our 2023 Legislative priorities ahead of our presenters. At the Legislative Breakfast, we dove deeper and […]

Registration now open for 2023 Legislative Breakfast

Business and community leaders, The Chamber of Catawba County invites you to attend our Legislative Breakfast on January 27th at 74 South at Moretz Mills in Hickory, from 8:00 – 11:00 am.  The Chamber’s 2023 Legislative Agenda was crafted by our Advocacy Taskforce with feedback from Shareholders & Investors and approved by the Board of […]

December Advocacy@Work Update

Advocacy Director, Brian Francis, returns with an Advocacy@Work update reviewing our chamber’s advocacy accomplishments and previewing next year’s legislative session. The update includes information about a change in senate leadership and some of the topics where we expect to see legislative action. Brian also mentions the Chamber’s policy guiding principles and legislative agenda. The Chamber’s positions […]

PPP Loan Recipient? North Carolina may owe you money.

In 2020, as the government mandated business closures, many small businesses secured Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans from the federal government to maintain the cash flow necessary to pay expenses and keep employees on the payroll.  For North Carolina businesses who received a PPP loan, you may be eligible for additional cash due to a […]