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N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell will be in Wilson Tuesday for the first installment of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Public Policy Series.
“The N.C. treasurer manages the 26th largest pool of money in the world. How those funds are managed has a significant impact on the environment in which our business community operates,” said Chamber President Ryan Simons. “Treasury actions ultimately determine the state’s bond rating, which influences the government’s ability to borrow and pay for vital infrastructure our businesses rely on.”
Folwell took office last year after serving in the House of Representatives and leading the state’s Division of Employment Security following an appointment by then-Gov. Pat McCrory.
Simons said his role as treasurer is particularly important for those in the state or local government retirement system or seeking state permits or licenses, all of which he oversees.
The 2018 Public Policy Series will kick off at noon Tuesday with Folwell’s presentation at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce. Registration for the event is due Friday by calling 252-237-0165.
“As always, we want to use the Public Policy Series as a forum for our members to directly interface with decision makers whose actions may impact the bottom line for our local businesses,” Simons said. “Of course, we want our membership comfortable with the fact that the chamber is continuously advocating on their behalf and regularly engaging governmental officials in ways that urges them to act in our best economic interests. But when we have the opportunity to introduce individual business leaders with policymakers directly, that’s of even greater benefit.”
The series will continue throughout the year with three other events.
Simons said in addition to raising awareness and advocacy among chamber members, the series has two new goals this year: “to familiarize members with agencies and individuals whose impact on local business may be somewhat obscure” to help Wilson navigate regulatory hurdles and working with community groups to further the reach of the series.
“While the series events drive our advocacy efforts, we’re continuously looking for more ways to inform our membership,” Simons said. “I welcome suggestions from the business community about topics and individuals we should invite to these types of events or any other way the chamber can deliver value to their bottom line.”
For more information on the chamber, visit www.wilsonncchamber.com/.