• Charlotte chamber meets with lawmakers in DC

    By: Andrew Doud


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte chamber is in Washington, D.C., this week as part of an annual trip to meet with lawmakers.

    Last time they went, they came away with funding to extend the Blue Line north.

    Continued funding of the Blue Line extension to the university area is one of two major topics representatives from Charlotte hope to address with lawmakers. The other is getting a new control tower at Charlotte Douglas.

    Regionally, the sequestration has already had an impact on the surrounding area. The FAA has decided to cut funding to Concord Regional Airport.

    Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan said, "We don't quite understand yet what the impact of sequestration might be to the issues we are advocating for, but we're going to learn a lot more over the next two days."

    For a dozen other members of the Charlotte chamber, the trip is about networking with lawmakers to make sure they understand their concerns.

    "It's very difficult to get one on one with these lawmakers," said Thomas Norman, president of Charlotte Bridge Home, a group that helps veterans returning from war make the transition back to civilian life.

    "This is an opportunity to meet one on one with each one of them in a small group setting and not only get to know them, but hopefully they get to know your issues," Norman said.

    Chamber members return to Charlotte Thursday.

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