1. Central Carolina Community College’s Small Business Center report. Jon Spoon is the director of the center. Conducts seminars and training as well as consults with business owners. He serves as part of the County’s pre-application permit team when a business is involved. Provides connections to local services. Budget of $215,000 is shared between CCCC and Chatham Economic Development Corp.
2. Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. Opened in March 2017, the conference center provides the largest exhibit and meeting space in Chatham County. In this report covering 2018 there were 912 events booked and $135,269 was generated in revenue. Most Saturdays are booked for events with a few exceptions in January, July, and August. Most scheduled events are for government (non-paying) and non-profit functions, however, 22% of bookings are for private events. Policies allow for internal government events to be scheduled up to 90 days in advance, and non-profit bookings can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance.
There has been no traction in NC legislature for environmental bills EXCEPT to LOSE protections.
We must elect MORE Democrats in the NC Legislature, to overturn destructive environmental legislation that has been passed in the past 10 years. Thank God for Representative Pricey Harrison, who at least files bills to provide FUNDING for Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
April 16, 2015: Charah Permit for “Mine Reclamation” in Brickhaven (Chatham County)
We are here today because Duke Energy has a 70-year ash problem. Existing coal ash pits around the state have failed and their contents are seeping into our public waters. Instead of seeking a 21st century solution to permanently neutralize these toxic residuals, Duke Energy will dig more pits and transport their problems to Chatham and Lee counties.
Our Legislature made a law to allow Duke Energy to move ash into so-called “structural fill” pits and compress it against a 20-year HDPE plastic liner to form twin 50-ft tall mounds in Moncure. This Frankenstein-monster permit strips local government authority, endangers public health, diminishes economic prospects, and offers a temporary Band-aid, not a solution.