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NC’s largest economic and business advocacy group, the NC Chamber of Commerce, recently recognized Senator Chuck Edwards as a 2017 “Jobs Champion.” This distinguished award is given each year to legislators who through their actions support education and talent supply, a competitive business climate, entrepreneurship and innovation, and infrastructure and growth leadership. Senator Edwards commented on the esteemed designation “I have been a strong advocate for business, job creation, and growing our economy since I was 16 years old. I appreciate that yet another business advocacy organization recognizes the important role that business minded individuals bring to the NC General Assembly.”

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North Carolina led the nation last year in teachers earning certification from a national standards board, according to figures released by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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On the way to the the recent Legislative breakfast at Sierra Nevada Brewery, Asheville, NC hosted by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, NC and Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce, it occurred to me that my combined years of membership with these fine business-oriented institutions totals over 37 years. I enjoyed the opportunity to participate alongside my Legislative teammates Representative Chuck McGrady, and Representative Cody Henson. It was comforting to reconnect with so many members of the business community. These are the folks at the epicenter of responsibility to build our economy, provide our tax revenue, and provide jobs, goods, and services for our citizens. I look forward to helping advance the issues that will help them become more successful in achieving those ideals. Graham Fields of Park Ridge Health did a terrific job as moderator.

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Agriculture related revenue in NC now accounts for $84 billion annually, represents 17% of our state's economy, and employees 686,200 of our citizens. I was pleased to support the 2017 Farm Act, and I am excited to look for other ways to support this critical arm of our economy, and our national security. Thank you Vance Dalton, all the folks at Carolina Farm Credit, and the hundreds of farmers that attended the AG Leadership Institute event this weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn. I especially thank those farmers attending from Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. I appreciated the invitation to participate alongside you, and your hospitality at dinner.


On Friday, the Senate voted to adopt the conference report on House Bill 90. This plan eliminates the current Pre-K wait list by adding nearly 3,000 slots through 2020-2021. This is in addition to the nearly 1,800 slots we’ve already set aside funding for in 2018-2019.