AUGUST NEWSLETTER - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce

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AUGUST NEWSLETTER - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
THE GREATER MOUNT AIRY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CHAMBER CHATTER
Volume 2 Issue 8
AUGUST 2009
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
September 17th
Business After Hours
Truliant Federal Credit Union
and Cloud 9 Coffee
At Cloud 9 Coffee
2123 Rockford St. Suite 200
5:30-7:30 p.m.
September 29th
Candidates Forum
Andy Griffith Playhouse
218 Rockford St.
7:00 p.m.
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2009 CANDIDATES FORUM
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Tuesday September 29th, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Andy Griffith Playhouse
CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL
South Ward Seat
Stephen Yokeley
October 2nd
Ribbon Cutting
It’s About Art!
201 N. Main St.
Mount Airy
2:00 p.m.
North Ward Seat
Incumbent John Cawley
IN THIS ISSUE
All About Our Members
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Education
14-15
Tourism
16-17
Business Info
18-21
Chamber Contact
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CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR
Gene Clark
Deborah Cochran
Paul Eich
Teresa Lewis
DOUG NORMAN
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In our beautifully renovated building, you will find many projects
North Carolina
done by our Chamber Members! A
Granite Corporation
project that we are most appreciative of is the granite counter top in
our Visitors Center donated by North Carolina Granite Corporation. Doug Norman was the person to help facilitate that donation. We called Doug to come by and look at the visitors Center
newly built front counter to see about granite being placed as the
counter tops. He showed up in a flash asking what The North
Carolina Granite Corporation could do for the Chamber….wow! Thank You Doug!
Doug is Co-Chair of our Business Development Committee and
understands the importance of prospering Business Growth in our
area. His support on our board has been a tremendous asset to the
Chamber and its members. Doug has been with The North Carolina Granite Corporation for 36 years and is a resident of Surry
County. He is the General Manager –International Division, traveling and representing NCGC and Surry County making contacts
all over the world!
NCGC is a quarrier and fabricator of premium natural stone products, specializing in large scale custom applications. Their resume
includes many memorials such as the WWII
North Carolina Granite Corp.
151 Granite Quarry Trail
Memorial in WashingMount Airy, N.C. 27030
ton, D.C. to the Singa336-786-5141 or 719-2600
www.ncgranite.com
pore Subway System to
the world headquarters
of Amoco in Chicago
IL. Their longevity is a
testimonial to their leadership in the industry as
well as their leadership
in Mount Airy.
SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
JOHN KIDWELL ….KIDWELL & COMPANY
If you have been in the Chamber’s newly renovated home, then you have seen the
beautiful visitor counter built by Kidwell & Company. This masterpiece is the focal
centerpiece of our Visitors Center. Kidwell & Company comes to us relocated from
Maryland. Owner John Kidwell was partially raised in North Carolina and moved
back four years ago. John acquired useful skills at an early age in his father’s workshop. His skills took him to Maryland where he managed a lumber company and managed one of the largest home builders in the metropolitan area. These experiences
gave John the ability and knowledge to tackle any task with confidence! He has recently opened Kidwell & Company as a remodeling company specializing in renovations and restorations of commercial and residential properties. He also still maintains
a very decent cabinet shop as you can see which allows him to do most anything with
wood.
If you think that is motivation, top that with maintaining a captain’s license for twenty
years and sailing the east coast and the Caribbean. He also has recently expanded on a
family idea for which he has applied for a patent called the Harbin Christmas Tree
Platform. This platform will allow you to decorate your Christmas tree with ease in
the tightest of spaces with the convenience of the option to fold for storage. It can also
be wired with power and plugs for your Christmas decorating! Get ready for the season! Call
John today to get yours.
Kidwell & Company recently joined the Chamber back in June. John has jumped in as a very
active member of our Business Development
Committee. He joined the Chamber for networking opportunities and to help promote businesses
in our area. Let John’s experience take your remodeling project to the next level! Give him a
call to discuss your next project.
Kidwell & Company, Inc.
224 Howard Street
Mount Airy, N.C. 27030
Office 336-786-1683
Cell 240-508-2282
www.kidwellandco.com
Getting’ to know you !
Britta S. Needham - RBC Bank
“We are only fully alive when we are helping others.” says Britta Needham, Market Executive for RBC Bank. If you have ever been in a room with Britta, you know the room lights up
with her glowing personality. She truly cares about her community and the people who live
here.
Britta has 29 years of banking relationship experience. She credit’s Betsy Love, a family
friend, for her adventure. Betsy called her about a position at Workmen’s Federal upon
graduation from Surry Community College. This began her successful career in banking and
her relationship with this community. She admits she started off with more of a timid personality in regards of being placed in front of an audience. She contributes being a part of organizations such as Surry Scan, The American Business Women Association, The Mt. Airy
Rotary and the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce for bringing her confidence to the
front table. The experiences and skills she has gained through participation in community
events have carried over to her business relationships. She has learned that taking opportunities as they come along are opportunities to grow personally and professionally. “I admit I
have a servant’s heart and believe you can never give too much back to your community
through volunteerism.” We are so excited that she will bring her leadership skills to the
Chamber as our incoming 2010 Chairman of the Board. Britta currently serves as our Chair
Elect & Vice Chair of Education.
Britta just celebrated her 12th anniversary with RBC Bank. “I have a dedicated staff committed to the RBC vision of earning the right to be our client’s first choice by delivering the level
of service and expertise needed to make RBC the best Relationship Bank in Mt. Airy.” Britta
says one of their many goals is to exceed clients expectations. They are currently offering
free financial reviews. You can call RBC to establish an appointment to discuss your financial goals and to develop a plan to achieve them.
Britta is married to her best friend Jeff Needham
and has two beautiful daughters Brittany 26 and
Meagan 24. She enjoys shopping, reading, golf
and gardening in her spare time.
Thank you Britta for all that you do!
RBC Bank
501 North Main Street
Mount Airy, N.C. 27030
336-719-2900
www.rbcbank.com
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Video Works has been selected for the 2009 Best of Mt. Airy Award in the Video Production
category by the US Commerce Association.
Clear Channel Radio’s WTQR has been nominated as CMA Large Market Station of the
year. Jeff Roper, Angie Ward and Adam “Flash” have also been nominated as CMA Large
Market Personalities of the Year.
SouthData Inc. has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the third year in a row. SouthData’s Inc. 5000 profile may be
viewed at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2009/company-profile.html?id=200939550.
Chappel Insurance Agency, which has provided insurances and financial services throughout
Surry County for more than 85 years has partnered with the Utica National Insurance Group to
give their customers another choice to fit their needs.
Rogers Realty Deidre Rogers was elected and installed as president of the National Auction-
eers Association Auxiliary during the NAA conference and show in Kansas.
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care has received a grant award of $4,000 from The
Winston Salem Foundation to support transition programs.
Northern Hospital of Surry County has been awarded the 2008 Safety Award from the North
Carolina Healthcare Enterprises Worker’s Compensation Fund. They also have achieved The
Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for compliance on national standards for health care
quality and safety.
Surry County Economic Development Partnership - New President, Todd Tucker comes to
our community with 15 years of experience in economic development roles. He plans to do what is
best for Surry County and its residents. He has already been working diligently the last month
with community and government leaders regarding recruitment and existing industry.
Primland just officially opened The Lodge at Primland. The lodge consists of 72,000 sq ft!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS !!!
Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour– Robert and Joanna Nickell started the home based business in Stokes County
in July 2007. Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour is 20 miles north of Winston-Salem and 5 miles from Hanging
Rock State Park. The largest Zipline Canopy Tour on the east coast and North Carolina’s first Zipline Canopy
Tour. Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour has over 20 cables and is open year- round. The Zipline is an exhilarating
experience that can be enjoyed by all ages!
Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour
1085 Nickell Farm Road
Westfield, NC 27053
336.972.7656
www.carolinaziplines.com
What’s Needlin’ Ewe, LLC. is a fiber arts studio that carries hundreds of different products used for hand knitting, hand spinning, and hand weaving. Staff will assist customers in locating hard-to-find items not part of our
regular inventory as well. Owned by Sharon and Richard Johnson, both Mount Airy natives, What's Needlin'
Ewe is the area's premiere resource for supplies and instruction for hand knitting, hand spinning, and hand weaving. Customer service is a primary focus of What's Needlin' Ewe. Whether the customer is new to fiber arts or
an avid fiber arts enthusiast, classes or assistance will be offered to suit all. Through community events and
outreach, What’s Needlin’ Ewe will offer opportunities for special groups such as Knit to Quit, mentoring programs for youth, and charity knitting groups. Customers will find a welcome, fun environment where they can
come to learn something new or purchase supplies to create something that will bring them pleasure for years to
come. A skein of yarn is more than a product, it is a possibility.
What’s Needlin’ Ewe
411 N. Main Street
Mount Airy, N.C. 27030
336-789-KNIT (5648)
www.whatsneedlinewe.com
[email protected]
Interstate Sign Company, Inc. was established in 1991, Rick Shelton is President and Steve Barnard is Secretary/Treasure. Interstate Sign Company utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and experienced craftsmen to design,
fabricate and install a wide array of signs including awnings, NEON, truck and car wraps and vinyl lettering. By
emphasizing quality in the materials and throughout the manufacturing process, Interstate Sign Company gets its
customers noticed by providing top quality signs that are as durable as they are beautiful.
Interstate Sign Company, Inc.
1990 Rockford Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336.789.3069
www.interstatesign.com
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS !!!
Euphoria, The New Age Hippie Shoppe just opened downtown with it’s nostalgic inventory of clothes, hats,
bags, jewelry, accessories and incense inspired by the late 1960’s and the hippie movement. Brittany Johnson is
the Shoppe owner.
Euphoria
The New Age Hippie Shoppe
415 North Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336.789.7802
Thruway Barber Shop is where you will find Old Fashioned Haircuts and the Traditional Neck Shave; owner
Jamey Adkins is dedicated to preserving the Old Fashioned Barber Shop. Open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm
and Saturday 8am – 12noon.
Thruway Barber Shop
449 North Andy Griffith Parkway, Suite 400
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336.786.8131
Mount Airy Museum is moving on up!
If you are a wanting to know more or experience a piece of local and regional history, you need only to visit the downtown’s Mount Airy Museum
of Regional History. The Museum is expanding to the third floor where
new exhibits are scheduled to open next month. Included will be displays
dedicated to the manufacturing and agricultural heritage of the area along
with the medical field. There will also be a section on local musical figures
that will feature a new exhibit highlighting Donna Fargo.
Another exciting addition to the museum is Matthew Edwards who began
this week as the new executive director of the Museum. He brings an extensive background an experience with running museums as well as experience working with the tourism industry.
The museum hopes that the new floor and additional exhibits will draw local interest to visit the Museum.
Project Y.E.S. (Youth Entrepreneurship
Surry) Hosts Business After Hours
Event
Project Y.E.S. (Youth Entrepreneurship Surry) hosted a Business After Hours
Event at The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. Youth Entrepreneurship Surry, or Project Y.E.S., is designed to promote the entrepreneurial spirit
and prepare students to explore entrepreneurship as a possible career option.
The project was designed to transform the way we do business in Surry
County. Collaborative efforts with Surry County Schools, Elkin City Schools,
Mount Airy City Schools, Surry Community College, Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Surry County Economic Development Partnership, and local businesses have developed and
implemented an innovative approach to entrepreneurism as a viable career opportunity and economic development strategy in Surry County.
The goal of Project Y.E.S. is to promote economic growth for our county
through educational opportunities for our students through the collaborative efforts of the business community, economic development, and our public
schools.
If you are interested in learning more about Project Y.E.S. and how you can
help contact the Chamber Office at 336.786.6116.
Jill Reinhardt, CTE/Technology/
Media Director for Surry County
Schools gives an overview of Project Y.E.S. to the crowd.
Chairman, Dr. George Sappenfield of Surry Community College
addresses the group as Frank
Mayberry of the Mount Airy City
Schools, five Project Y.E.S. students, Dr. Ashly Hinson, Superintendent of Surry County Schools
and Larry Davis with the Mount
Airy City Schools look on.
Olde Mill hosts Chamber
Business After Hours Event
Mark Wuerthele – Residential
Sales Director informs Chamber
Members about all that Olde Mill has
to offer.
Olde Mill hosted a Business After Hours Event at their resort located at 2258 Stone Mountain Road
Laurel Fork, VA. Chamber Members were invited to play golf in the afternoon and later in the day to
enjoy the sunset on the deck with cocktails and hors d’ Oeuvres followed with tours of the model
homes.
Established in 1972, Olde Mill is a Golf Resort and Golf Club with a Year Round Residential Community that includes; Homes, Villas, and Condos priced $200’s - $800’s. The resort includes a Full Service Restaurant and Conference Facility accommodating up to 50 people. Located in Western Virginia
less than 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in the heart of Carroll County, and with an elevation of
2700 feet you are guaranteed the enjoyment of four distinct seasons.
Thank you Olde Mill for a wonderful afternoon and evening, we will
be back!
Olde Mill
Stone Mountain Road
Laurel Fork, VA 24352
Phone 276-398-2211
www.oldemillclubs.com
Euphoria The New Age
Hippie Shoppe holds
Grand Opening and
Official Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony
Euphoria The New Age Hippie Shoppe opened to the public recently to a big crowd of Chamber Members and their guests
who were curious about the new Shoppe and its nostalgic inventory of clothes, hats, bags, jewelry, accessories and incense
inspired by the late 1960’s and the hippie movement. Shoppe
owner, Brittany Johnson is too young to remember the movement and Woodstock, however, she loves the music and grew
up listening to it because of her mom. Brittany hopes Euphoria
will attract the middle and high school students, people in their
20’s and yes…. the older hippies in their 50’s and 60’s!
Stop by and check out the great selection and prices!
Euphoria
The New Age Hippie
Shoppe
415 North Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336.789.7802
Grand Opening and
Official Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony Held at
Thruway Barber Shop
Thruway Barber Shop held its Grand Opening
and Ribbon Cutting. Mayor Pro Tem Todd Harris
and Owner, Jamey Adkins cut the ribbon. A
crowd of almost 50 people gathered to celebrate with Jamey and the opening of his
new business. This was NOT you’re your typical grand opening; It was a BLAST from
the PAST! Guests were entertained with music from yester-year being spun by a
D.J., “poodle” skirts and saddle oxfords, antique cars and dancing in the parking lot.
There was a party going on at Thruway Barber Shop!
Thruway Barber Shop is where you will find Old Fashioned Haircuts and the Traditional Neck Shave; owner Jamey Adkins is dedicated to preserving the Old Fashioned Barber Shop. Open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 8am –
12noon.
Thruway Barber Shop
449 North Andy Griffith Parkway, Suite 400
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336.786.8131
Chamber Surprise Patrol visits...
Northwest Medical Partners/ PROHEALTH Center
The Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unannounced visit to Northwest Medical Partners/ PROHEALTH Center located at 280 North
Pointe Boulevard in Mount Airy. The facility was REALLY BUSY
with members going to the PROHEALTH Fitness Center for their
workouts and patients visiting Northwest Medical Partners. The Chamber Surprise
Patrol arrived with balloons, cookies and a big basket of candy for Dr. Nelson Gardner, Phil Denton, Administrator Northwest Medical Partners and Linda Crawford,
Manager PROHEALTH. The Chamber Surprise Patrol just wanted to thank Dr. Nelson Gardner and his staff for being such supportive Chamber Members and for the
wonderful services they provide to our community and our citizens.
Dr. Gardner, The North Carolina Family Physician of the Year, took time to visit with
the Chamber Surprise Patrol sharing his thoughts on living a healthy lifestyle while
taking care of your body with preventive care. Dr. Gardner's vision was to have
health care professionals, in addition to providing modern medical care, and also
provide the means and support for people to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the summer of 2001, the dream became a reality when Northwest Medical
Partners/PROHEALTH Center opened its doors.
Today Northwest Medical Partners/PROHEALTH Center is a multi-use medical and
fitness complex that houses a full range of comprehensive medical services, rehabilitative and fitness services with the most up to date fitness equipment available in the
Northwest Piedmont. Over 40 trained and licensed medical and fitness professionals
are available to meet the needs of; individuals, families, business and industry. PROHEALTH Center……Your one stop health and wellness center!
PROHEALTH
280 North Pointe Blvd.
Mt. Airy, NC 27030
336.783.0399
[email protected]
Chamber Surprise Patrol
visits Parrish Tire Company
The Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unannounced visit to Parrish Tire Company located at 351 Andy Griffith Parkway in Mount
Airy to say “Thank You” for being a Chamber
Member. The Chamber Surprise Patrol arrived with balloons, a box of cookies and a basket of candy for Chad Slater and the
Parrish Tire employees. The Chamber Surprise Patrol met with Alvin Smith while
waiting on Chad to get back from his dental appointment. Alvin Smith and Shelly Slater told us about the Parrish Tire Company business while answering the phones and
waiting on the numerous customers all wanting tires! Chad Slater arrived shortly and
the Chamber Surprise Patrol celebrated with him. It was an extremely busy Tuesday
morning and we appreciate the staff at Parrish Tire Company taking time to spend
with the Chamber Surprise Patrol.
In 1946 J.H. Parrish founded Parrish Tire Company as a one location retail and commercial tire store in Winston Salem N.C. Today the company remains family owned
and operated and has retail stores, commercial truck tire centers and Bandag retread
plants in North Carolina and Ohio. In addition Parrish Tire Company operates wholesale distribution warehouses in North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and Georgia.
Today the ideals of Parrish's approximately 300 employees remain the same as they
serve the Eastern U.S. through the company’s retail and commercial facilities and
much of the world through its wholesale distribution network. The company currently
operates retail stores in Winston Salem, Mount Airy, Statesville, North Carolina as
well as Akron Ohio Areas.
Parrish Tire Company
351 Andy Griffith Parkway
Mount Airy, NC 27030
www.Parrishtire.com
336.789.2158
Education in the news...
Stimulus helps youths and employers...
Thanks to the Summer Youth Employment Program funded by the federal stimulus package 239 students found summer jobs through 129 area businesses, agencies and workshops. Under the program students worked 20 hours a week at minimum wage. While
the targeted age group 16-24 have received a tax-free pay check, the employers hiring
them have benefited from free labor provided courtesy of the federal government. Steve
Talley, owner of Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery did not report any negatives with
the program. The government program was aimed at sparking the economy.
TOURISM CLASS OFFERS NEW
OPPORTUNITIES TO COUNTY STUDENTS
Tourism is a budding industry in this town and has a significant impact on the local economy. “Many jobs are created through this industry” says Jessica Icenhour. Many locals
are said not to “get it”. Kati Stewart-Riggs, who is teaching the class hopes to help students better understand the role of tourism. Her hopes are to get students out into the
community to experience what they may not know even exits.
Activities and food are planned from 3:008:00 p.m. The activities scheduled highlight the importance of agriculture and the
agricultural producer. There is something
for everyone! Join us on the fun filled free
event and help us celebrate the importance
of agriculture.
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Surry County Schools Surry County Schools is one of the only 8 school systems to
have 100 percent of its schools to meet Adequate Yearly Progress. To qualify, strenuous targets must be met. Federal measure must be met as well as local goals.
Mount Airy City Schools B.H. Tharrington announced that they will be adding a sixth Kindergarten class. The unexpected growth is said to be a welcomed problem.
Also at B.H. Tharington Amanda Sechrist was one of the five grand prize recipients in a grant
opportunity. Sechrist is an exceptional children’s teacher. She is now a proud owner of a
newly refurbished classroom thanks to the grant sponsored by Honeywell and the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
SAT scores speak well of area students.
The College Board released the Scholastic Assessment Test results from the 2008-2009
school year. Scores have shown that there continues to be a steady growth in scores for our
area schools.
Mount Airy City Schools showed a 31 point improvement in the 2009 overall average score
from 2008. Average scores in math, reading and writing were above national and state averages.
Although Surry County schools fell just below the national and state averages in reading and
writing, they came in above the state and national average in math. A 50 point overall growth
in scores have been reported since 2007.
TOURISM
www.visitmayberry.com
The month of August 2009 the staff greeted 6,960
Visitors into the Mount Airy Visitors Center. This was
a 2% increase from August 2008. Year to date the
staff has greeted 41,437 Visitors. International Visitors came from Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Great Britain, Norway,
Russia and South Africa. The center greeted 33 Visitors From Canada in the month of August. We welcomed visitors representing 46 states excluding Hawaii, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
YOU ARE INVITED!
Hampton Hotels’ award winning
Save-a-Landmark Campaign
is coming to the
Old City Jail
in Mount Airy, North Carolina!
Join us during this special volunteer day to help refurbish
this “All-American” landmark, straight from the streets of
Mayberry. Volunteers from local Hampton Hotels, along
with the fine folks at the Old City Jail, will tackle a list of
projects sure to make Sheriff Taylor proud!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:00am - 2:00pm
Check presentation at 11:45am, lunch to follow.
Old City Jail
215 City Hall Street
Mount Airy, NC
Pictures taken by the
Greater Mount Airy
Chamber of Commerce
during the Hog Ralley
RSVP by September 14th to [email protected]
The NC State HOG Rally was a success with over 1,750 registrations over the weekend of the
Rally. A economic impact study is being conducted on the NC STATE Harley Owners Group Rally by
Dr. Erick Byrd, Professor at UNCG in the Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management Program
in conjunction with The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Mount Airy Tourism Development Authority. Surveys were collected by Jessica Icenhour, and the Visitor Information Specialists
during the Rally. The study results will be coming out sometime during October. See pictures on page
16.
Buick Driving Enthusiasts
Come to downtown Mount Airy on September 17th for the Buick Driving Enthusiasts Car Group. The
Road will be blocked on the right hand side of the Street from Independence Street to Franklin Street.
Over 60 Buicks are expected in the downtown area from 9am-2pm. Come and check them out!
Filming at the North Carolina Granite Quarry
Filming will be taking place on September 18, 2009 at the North Carolina Granite Quarry for an
upcoming TV Show on UNC-TV at the North Carolina Granite Quarry.
Mount Airy was featured in the Charlotte Observer - Travel Section
on Sunday August 22, 2009 as one of the Sensational Sites in the
Carolinas.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/474/story/897353.html
Governor Perdue Releases Tourism/Economic Impact Numbers
Tourism remains one of the leading industries in North Carolina and Surry
County, according to an economic impact study that shows the tourism
brought $87 million to Surry County in 2008, an increase of 4.4 percent from
2007. Surry County also rose from ranking 40th in tourism expenditures in
the state to 39th. In 2008, the travel and tourism industry directly employed
more than 720 people in Surry County and it generated a payroll of $13.45
million. Statistics from the 2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties showed that in 2008 visitor spending increased to $16.9 billion,
up 2.1 percent from $16.5 billion in 2008. There are 190,000 tourism-related
employees in North Carolina and tourism generated a total of more than $1.3
billion tax revenues.
Visitor spending increased in 62 counties in North Carolina and tourism officials say the tourist industry is vital to the economic development efforts as
well as employment to the region.
The N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and
Investment indicate that Surry County has
received 29,006,214 million dollars.
Food Stamps …………………………………..
Social Security …………………………………
Increase in Unemployment Insurance Payments
Work Force Investment Act ……………………
Highways and Bridges (DOT Projects) ………..
Transit …………………………………………
0% School Bonds……………………………...
Local School Districts………………………...
Education Stabilization ……………………….
Weatherization ………………………………..
Public Housing………………………………..
Justice and Public Safety ……………………..
Federal Departments Direct Grants ………….
Community Services Block Grants …………...
School Lunch Equipment ……………………..
$1,152,836
$4,169,500
$2,221,810
$ 853,035
$9,300,000
$ 337,182
$3,913,298
$4,588,019
$ 826,861
$ 495,485
$ 687,864
$ 11,122
$ 257,598
$ 139,060
$
52,544
Visit www.ncrecovery.gov for more
information regarding Surry and
surrounding counties.
Capital Round Table - Bills in Action
Health Care Reform
Affordable Health Choices Act
The bill calls for a new government-run insurance plan that would compete with private sector
insurance companies. It would force employers to provide health insurance or pay into a fund.
It would also mandate a minimum benefits package.
U.S. Chamber Opposes
Health Care Reform
H.R. 3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
This bill would create a government-run health care plan and would require most
employers to offer health insurance or be assessed a payroll tax of up to 8%.
U.S. Chamber Opposes
Export Financing
S.1196 Small Business International Trade Enhancements Act of 2009
Would increase the total amount of available trade financing, adjust collateral
requirements, and encourage better collaboration on small business export
assistance among federal government agencies.
U.S. Chamber Supports
S.1208 Small Business Export Opportunity Act of 2009
Would create a grant program where small businesses could receive matching
funds to encourage their participation in international trade.
U.S. Chamber Supports
Anti-Salting
S. 1227 H.R. 2808 Truth in Employment Act of 2009
Would amend the National Labor Relations Act to make it legal for an employer
to refuse to hire an individual who intends on “salting” which is a practice in
which individuals seek employment with the intent of establishing a union.
U.S. Chamber Supports
Small Business Incentives
S.1402 H.R. 1552 Small Business Jump Start Act of 2009
This bill would increase the small business start-up expense deduction and
increase the threshold for the deductions phase-out.
U.S. Chamber Supports
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