May 24 Last month, a partnership between Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Microsoft provided 350 new Information Technology (IT) certifications at no cost.
“Certifications are expensive and that’s a barrier for some students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase opportunities available to our students.”
May 21 This month is National Stroke Awareness month and, CMC NorthEast is using this national platform to educate the public and ensure stroke patients are getting quality care. Recently, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association honored CMC-NorthEast with the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and named CMC-NorthEast to their Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards set national benchmarks for stroke care throughout the country.
May 22 Metropolitan Business & Professional Women (MBPW) is the oldest professional organization for women in Charlotte. On May 15, MBPW underwent a slight change when they installed a new executive board for the 2013-14 year. This year, Audra Esposito — a counselor/instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College — is the president while April Oliver (a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial) serves as the president-elect. Other board members include: Kimberly Meton (vice president), Beth Benton (treasurer), Robyn Crigger (co-secretary) and Vilma Betancourt-O’Day (co-secretary).
May 21 Last night during the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Mike Downs presented the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Among other things, the balanced budget includes a General Fund Budget of $212,940,116, which will require the Board of Commissioners to adopt an ad valorem tax rate of 70 cents. This rate was the same in the amended FY13 budget. Maintaining this rate will yield a 2.55% increase in revenues for the upcoming fiscal year.
May 22 Green Drinks Lake Norman meets 5:30 pm Thursday, May 30 at Campania Café to discuss energy efficiency, sustainable buildings and sites. The speaker is Robert Cox, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UNC-Charlotte. His research is largely focused on developing analytics for the processes of generating, delivering, and using electric power. One of his primary areas of interest is in the development of non-intrusive monitoring for building energy consumption. Info: Kathleen Rose 704-869-0094
May 17 Charles Knox, a well-known commercial real estate developer, has been named chairman of the Aquesta Bank board of directors, replacing Ginger Griffin, the first female bank board chair in North Carolina.
Griffin, the owner of Ginger Griffin Marketing & Design, has been the chairman of the Cornelius-based bank since its founding seven years ago. Griffin will focus more time on her marketing firm.
May 21 Veterans groups from across the region will come together on Monday, May 27 for the dedication of the new Veterans Park Memorial in downtown Kannapolis. Governor Pat McCrory and other elected officials from Rowan and Cabarrus counties will help commemorate and honor the 1,700+ veterans who died in service to their country. The names of these individuals will be engraved on the granite Ring of Honor surrounding the memorial’s eternal flame. During the event, Governor McCrory will provide opening remarks, the eternal flame will be lit and there will be a presentation by Rep. Richard Hudson. The dedication begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 704-920-4343.
May 16 It’s a rare event when residents statewide chose your community for special recognition. But that’s exactly what they did for Union Street in Concord. The picturesque commercial district is the 2013 People’s Choice for Great Main Street in North Carolina. This award is part of the "Great Places in North Carolina" initiative sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.
- Owners of Lake Norman Chrysler expand into Gastonia
- Small business of the year announcement Friday
- The Race City Festival will take place on May 18
- May races in Concord mean millions to economy
- LKN Economic Development boss takes regional approach
- Renowned restaurateur Tim Groody opening 'Fork' on N. Main in Cornelius
- Peoples Bancorp holds 101st Annual meeting of shareholders
- Parent of Cabarrus Bank & Trust announces net profits