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Eric Henry NC House District 64
Eric on Community
A community cannot be successful unless everyone in that community has an opportunity to participate in it. This belief is the backbone of my drive to build connections and see everyone have a chance to make positive contributions to our city, county, and state.
When the North American Free Trade Agreement destroyed our business in 1994, I realized there was more to a business than just the “bottom line.” By the late 90s, TS Designs had shifted its focus to include its people more and started measuring success with a triple-bottom-line model: people, planet and profit.
Contributing to Community
Through the years, this shift has also driven me to serve on countless boards and committees. I like to say that not one person has all the answers, but the answers lie within your community. And I’ve seen it… From the Chamber of Commerce to the North Carolina Business Council–which I helped start–to the many connections with Elon University where I took freshman English in 1976. Together we’ve strengthened the community in our region.
We’ve also made strong contributions to Alamance County and the city we call home. I helped start the City of Burlington Tree Board and did a term on the Alamance County Planning Board. Currently serving on the Burlington Downtown Corporation, I was also one of the founders of Company Shops Co-op that unfortunately closed in 2018. But it was the foundation for the very successful Burlington Beer Works, North Carolina’s only co-op brewery that now boasts over 2,300 owners. That’s community at its best.
Keeping It Local
We live in a time of two economies that impact our local areas, and we need to understand the impact they’re having. The global economy brings us the consistency of two-day shipping from Amazon or a $5 meal deal at one of the chain restaurants along I-85. The local economy connects us to a neighbor, farmer or pottery maker. The challenges we face and need to address are that these two economies are usually just compared on the lowest price and not the overall impact that “local” has on communities. But buying local means more opportunities for local residents in their own backyards.
A few years ago, my wife’s church on East Davis Street started a Sunday AM breakfast for the homeless or people in need that I now help out on a regular basis. I’d thought the problem only existed in bigger cities, but that breakfast opened my eyes to a local community in need. And it gave me a chance to contribute in a new way.
Another great example is the work Phil Bowers has done with Sustainable Alamance, a local organization whose mission statement outlines its purpose: “To build a stronger and more sustainable community by identifying and mentoring men and women in poverty, with an emphasis on former offenders in Alamance County who have a strong desire for self-sufficiency.”
I’d worked with Phil when he was at Burlington Chemical Company before he felt the impact of NAFTA firsthand and left to start Sustainable Alamance. Conversations with him opened my eyes. TS Designs had been like most typical businesses a few years ago. On our employment application we told folks not to apply if they had a felony record. But those coming out of jail and back to Alamance County are people of our community too, and if we don’t get them an opportunity to contribute to it, they’ll most likely end up back in jail.
Giving Everyone a Chance
While my personal income has struggled to keep up with the pre-NAFTA days, the wealth of happiness that comes in connecting and building community has increased exponentially. As we look toward North Carolina’s future, it must be a priority to work toward everyone in our community having a chance to participate in it to reach the best possible outcomes.
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Reason 84 to Flip NC
84. TO PROTECT OUR AIR, WATER, AND LAND
Over the past decade, the NC GOP has overseen a complete dismantling of North Carolina’s environmental protections with devastating effects for our environment, natural habitats, and public health. The long list of GOP achievements includes failing to clean up drinking water sources for the Triangle; removing wetland protections across the state; failing to protect ground and surface water from coal ash (#46) and agricultural (#78) and chemical pollutants (#85); reversing the ban on fracking (#41); reducing the number of air quality monitoring stations; and cutting the budget for conservation land trusts by 80% – among many others. It’s time to bring back the progressive environmental policy that once distinguished our state.
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