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Board Advocates for the Development of the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Industry.

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) reappointed Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) to serve on the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board. Senator Edwards began serving on the Travel and Tourism Board in early 2019; This reappointment is effective September 1, 2020, expiring on August 31, 2022.

About two dozen local business owners and politicians gathered at Hannah Flanagan’s Pub on Tuesday morning in a Republican Party-orchestrated event to air grievances about the state’s business restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Whatley, chairman of the N.C. Republican Party, is hosting the traveling road show across the state to discuss the impacts of Covid-19 and its impact on small businesses in the area.

The business leaders represented real estate, construction, gyms, summer camps, agriculture, restaurants, bars and more. City, county and state officials were also present, including state Sen. Chuck Edwards and Rep. Chuck McGrady.

Western North Carolina’s rivers and streams will get some help with cleanup and monitoring with the passage of a recent bill supported by local state legislators.

Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Transylvania, included two important funding provisions for water quality testing and pollution clean-up efforts in House Bill 1087, aka, Water/Wastewater Public Enterprise Reform, which was passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed into law in early July by Gov. Roy Cooper. The funding was originally included in the 2019-2020 state budget that Cooper vetoed.

Last week, N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards announced the adoption of House Bill 1087 (Water/Wastewater Public Enterprise Reform), which includes funding for conservation and water quality initiatives in Western North Carolina.

The bill appropriates $200,000 to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to respond to pollution spills, and $100,000 to MountainTrue's water quality testing on the French Broad River, as well as other WNC rivers and streams, according to a press release from Edwards' office.

A bill that would have changed the distribution of Buncombe County’s controversial hotel tax to better benefit local government is likely dead until at least next year.

The change would have reduced the share of room tax money to market and advertise Asheville as a tourist destination and increase the amount that could be used for local projects benefiting visitors and residents — a hot-button issue before COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests.