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In an open letter, Sens. Chuck Edwards of Flat Rock and Jim Davis of Franklin and Reps. Chuck McGrady, of Hendersonville and Kevin Corbin of Franklin said the camp industry generates millions of dollars in revenue statewide. Co-written with the board of directors of the N.C. Youth Camp Association, the letter said summer camp is a good antidote to the emotional strain of being confined indoors during pandemic stay-at-home order.

Mountain BizWorks Set to Administer $5 Million Emergency Grant Fund; Application Period Opens May 15, with Awards Announced in Mid-June

[May 5, 2020]:  The $5 million Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund was enabled Monday for local tourism-related small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, thanks to legislation introduced by Sen. Chuck Edwards with support of the Buncombe County delegation, and signed into law on Monday by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper.

Senate Bill 704 allows the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority to establish the fund for emergency grants of up to $50,000, available for businesses that provide a direct visitor experience, including restaurants, retail establishments, studios and galleries, attractions, tours and activities, entertainment and event venues, and breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, among others.

NEWPORT, NC (Coastal Review Online) - The North Carolina General Assembly returns this week with a focus on pressing needs like protective supplies for medical workers and more aid to deal with coronavirus testing and infections, but also with an eye on the future amid a rapidly heating debate over when and how to phase out business shutdowns and stay-at-home requirements.

While the governor has received mostly broad support on his handling of the crisis from legislators, going into this week’s session some who represent areas of the state dependent on tourism said they’re worried that the administration is being overly cautious and should be willing to loosen restrictions in areas where infection rates are low.

Four state legislators who participated in a webinar on Monday hosted by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce were split much like their constituents about when to reopen the state.

 Sen. Chuck Edwards and Rep. Pat McElraft both raised concerns about COVID-19’s impact to tourism just weeks before Memorial Day.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville’s tourism industry has taken a major hit in recent weeks. 

Friday, Sen. Chuck Edwards announced the Buncombe County Jobs Recovery Act. It is legislation designed to provide financial assistance to tourism-related businesses — like restaurants, museums, and attractions.