Mission: To represent the Chamber membership and business community regarding legislative issues and all levels – to act as “The Voice of Business.”


  • To become informed on legislative issues affecting the business community and educate the membership and Board of Directors regarding the legislation’s impact.
  • Increase communications and opportunities to network with elected officials and key staff members.  
  • Present Chamber transportation priorities to the appropriate officials and advocate their completion.
  • Build consensus among elected officials and community groups regarding transportation projects. 


  • Organize committee to have members track local legislative issues and identify those that may impact the business community.
  • Use resources provided by NCCBI, NCEDA, ACCE and the US Chamber to identify, track and become informed about state and federal issues.
  • Hold a Candidates Forum in the fall.
  • Coordinate luncheon meetings with elected officials from the City of Hendersonville, Henderson County Commission, Town of Fletcher and the Town of Mills River.
  • Encourage business community members to serve on governmental boards and committees.
  • If needed, coordinate a leadership trip to Raleigh to advocate Henderson County needs. 
  • Initiate use of a monthly “Chamber Legislative Report” that is emailed to committee members and interested members.
  • Regularly attend French Broad River MPO and Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Email highlights of the meetings to committee members and other interested parties/members.
  • Develop a priority list of projects that should be accomplished in Henderson County.
  • Continue developing relationships with NCDOT staff through face-to-face meetings, both locally and in Raleigh.
  • Advocate the swift completion of environmental and other studies related to the I-26 project in Buncombe County from the airport to I-240. This must be completed before work on I-26 in Henderson County can begin.
  • Continue efforts to advance the progress of the Upward Road, and Balfour Parkway
  • Survey local elected officials and key staff members to determine relevancy of Chamber public policy efforts.


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