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Dept. of Environmental Quality orders massive coal ash clean-up

April 1. By Erica Batten.  Officials from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality spent much of January traveling to areas of the state where Duke Energy operates coal-fired electric plants. The DEQ hosted six public meetings to inform residents about cleanup options for coal ash ponds. The result: An order from the DEQ that […]


Sperry Van Ness will move from Cornelius to new offices in NoDa

A mainstay of commercial real estate in Lake Norman will move from Cornelius to the trendy NoDa area in Charlotte. Tom McMahon, the managing partner of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors on West Catawba, said the brokerage and property management firm will move to Charlotte this spring. McMahon, who has spent 20 years […]

Mooresville, Davidson retain financial advisor for Continuum sale

March 18. By Dave Vieser. Officials from Davidson and Mooresville have agreed to put the locally owned cable/TV/internet system,  Continuum, previously known as Mi-Connection, on the market. The towns have retained RBC Capital Markets as the exclusive financial advisor for the proposed sale. If the towns receive a satisfactory offer, the citizens of Mooresville and Davidson […]


Local companies feel IT-talent pinch

By Debbie Griffin.  The North Carolina Technology Association recently released numbers on tech-job trends that demonstrate a challenge most businesses face today: Recruit top talent to meet growing information-technology demands, whatever they may be within a company. Joy Ugi is a marketing consultant for AMTdirect, provider of a lease-accounting software solution. “The tech-job boom has […]


Visit LKN announces hospitality awards

Visit Lake Norman recently announced the winners of the 6th Annual Making Waves Hospitality Awards at an awards luncheon at Rural Hill, one of the top tourism destinations in North Mecklenburg. The winners pictured are: Erik Turnblom, Lake Norman Soccer Club Jon Dressler, Dressler’s Restaurant Mariano Doble, owner of Davidson Village Inn Akeem Mack, Homewood Suites […]

Bentley, Tarte join chamber board

The Lake Norman Chamber has added two former Republican elected officials to its board: Karen Bentley, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner, and Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius and three-term state senator representing NC District 41. Bentley is now an executive coach and consultant, while Tarte is involved in a new company that manufactures water valves. […]

Jackie Huffman and Ken Joyner answer questions at the Reval Newsmakers Breakfast

Commercial property values hurtle upward in Meck County

By Debbie Griffin.  Valuations of some Mecklenburg County commercial properties have soared—some considerably more than the average of 77 percent for commercial property, which includes apartments. The median increase for residential properties is 43 percent. Some new valuations are at or near doubling from prior valuations: • Publix at Magnolia Plaza: $22.3 million from $11.97 […]

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Pester Pac comes to The Park in Huntersville

March 5. Pester Pac Automation, a pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging company, will build a 20,000 square foot facility on 10 acres of land in The Park – Huntersville. Mayor John Aneralla, who explained that there were no economic development incentives involved in the deal, said Pester would bring 20 jobs. Ground-breaking will take place next […]

Mel Funk and Brad Blumer are the owners of Fresh Chef

Fresh Chef, launched in 2014, could employ 200 by year end

By Dave Vieser.  Mel Funk and Brad Blumer, co-owners of the Fresh Chef restaurants, seem to have hit their stride with a restaurant concept that features fresh entrees for the casual diner. What started out in a single storefront in a strip mall is tripling in total size this year, with several new locations on the […]

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham

I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was billed as an update […]