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Will self-driving cars put a dent in transit plans?

By Kate Stevens. As the I-77 commute to Charlotte grows longer and traffic around the suburbs increases, driverless vehicles, along with shared mobility strategies including driverless ride-shares and buses, will change how we travel. But experts are unsure when and how quickly autonomous vehicles will be integrated into everyday life “It’s still sometime out there and […]


Toll talk: It looks like I-77 ‘solution’ was a lot of talk

  June 18. By Dave Vieser. It sounded good. The optics were excellent. Last week, NC Rep. John Bradford went on Facebook to say he had some “incredible good news” about the hated I-77 toll lanes. The good news was that the House of Representatives was working on legislation to create a source to fund a modification of […]

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Concord Downtown: Pop up event means business

Downtown Concord is a model American downtown, and special events not only show off this treasure, they bring business to merchants. Pop-up Downtown June 23—in conjunction with the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale— will bring more than 60 vendors and crafters. Add this to Downtown Concord’s more than 40 shops, and you have an economic development […]


Bradford, Beasley run bills to help solve I-77 tie-up in Raleigh

June 13. By Dave Vieser. It’s a given that a bill introduced by NC Rep. John Bradford which would create a fund for paying changes in the I-77 toll lane contract will face a tougher challenge in the NC Senate, but local officials, including Bradford, are optimistic. HB 1029 would create a NCDOT reserve account […]

Ingersoll Rand raises $1.43 million for United Way

Ingersoll Rand has raised $1.4 million for United Way of Central Carolinas, making the company not only the largest United Way donor in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area, but the largest donor from the manufacturing industry throughout the agency’s five-county footprint. Shawn Laskoski is the 2018 United Way campaign chair and an Ingersoll Rand VP.  Focusing on […]


It’s summertime, so why not read a book to build your sales team?

By Cheryl Kane. Getting everyone in an organization pulling in the same direction can seem like an insurmountable task. A leader works from department to department encouraging, instructing, and keeping the strategy alive.  Within a department a manager interacts person by person to create a collaborative team working contiguously on a multi-part plan to achieve […]


Building for dog pub fetches $1.5 million

June 6. By Dave Yochum. A 12,699-square-foot property is going to the dogs, thanks to a Cornelius-based company. Lucky Dog Bark and Brew purchased an aging, single-user building in South Point Business Park for $1.5 million. “There was very little interest in this property from traditional office users because of the size of the building. […]

Allen Tate has new professional development director

Maggie Evans is the new director of professional development at Allen Tate.  She will oversee training and leadership development programs for leadership and staff, including the company’s training program for new agents. A top Realtor with 13 years of residential real estate experience, she was branch leader of the Allen Tate Lake Wylie office. She has also […]

Concord Downtown: New director has ‘passion for economic development’

Jume 5. UPDATED 7 AM. Johnson Y. Bray, who is currently the planning director in Troy,  says he was quickly impressed by downtown Concord. “It immediately felt like a place that I could call home,” the new executive director of Concord Downtown Development said. “The City and CDDC have approached economic development in a way […]

Workers line Marigold Place in the Blume subdivision in Harrisburg, NC.  150 homes have been built since construction began in 2013.  With 297 lots planned multiple homes are under construction with lots selling quickly. Photo by Marty Price

Finding solutions to workforce housing crisis

By Erica Batten. A “tidal wave” of rising home values is pricing housing out of reach for a wide range of ordinary people—everyone from musicians to teachers to firefighters. Case-Schiller says Charlotte single-family home prices rose 6 percent over the past year. Some neighborhoods are considerably higher, but the homes that rank and file workers want […]

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