Public Policy Program

This program is designed to create a business-friendly environment in our community through advocacy, education, and leadership.  The Chamber convenes community leaders and influencers, business leaders, and community stakeholders to provide a series of forums for relevant discussions about policies impacting business.


The Chamber supports policies, programs, and initiatives that provide adequate, cost-effective public and private infrastructure essential for business development, growth, and prosperity throughout Union County.


The Chamber supports policies, programs, and initiatives that provide an adequately trained, available workforce for all business and industries including future expansion in Union County.


The Chamber opposes taxes and regulations by any jurisdiction that hinder or interfere with business growth, development, and prosperity in Union County or that place Union County businesses at a disadvantage when competing with businesses outside Union County.

Brian Francis, Union County Chamber Advocacy Consultant Introduction Video

March 8, 2022 Public Policy Advocacy Update - Redistricting Rundown

Public Policy Committee Leadership

Terry Sholar, Chair
Perry, Bundy, Plyler, & Long, LLP

Michael Lutes
Atrium Health 

Public Policy Successes

 Chamber President Pat Kahle reached out to Union County Manager Mark Watson on behalf of members to work together to have the Union County Board of County Commissioners to sign a resolution in support of Union County businesses during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.  She also asked the County to provide financial support for Union County small businesses. 

The Board of County Commissioners and the staff set aside $1 million of CARES funding for grants for small businesses called Union County Back 2 Business. 

The response from small business was incredible – the County received over $2.5 million in applications.  To the County’s credit, the staff went back two more times and reallocated more dollars to the program.  In the end, the County distributed over $2.4 million to over 200 small businesses in Union County.

YOUR Union County Chamber works hard in a variety of avenues to provide visibility for member businesses.

One recent effort included connecting business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industries to U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop. The Congressman wanted to hear directly from business owners about their experiences and challenges with Paycheck Protection Program loans and the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

As part of our Public Policy Event Series in 2021, we hosted a free, virtual discussion with NC Representative Dean Arp and Union County Assistant Manager Patrick Niland. In this event, Representative Arp discussed a new bill he co-sponsored that would expand broadband access to parts of our county where it’s currently not available. You can watch a recording of that event here.

2022 Public Policy Events

Thursday, January 13, 2022 – Public Policy NC General Assembly Panel

Thursday, March 24, 2022 – Elected Officials Reception

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon