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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 […]

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 […]


Serial entrepreneur Lemonis will open Gander store in Mooresville

May 31. None other than Marcus Lemonis, the star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will be at the grand opening of Gander Outdoors in Mooresville. Lemonis bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May 2017. On “The Profit,” the serial entrepreneur lends his expertise to struggling businesses in various industries while using his People/Process/Product principle. […]

Home on Jetton sells for $4 million

The highest-price transaction in North Meck so far this year is a $4 million deal for a 10,000 square foot lakefront home at 16909 Jetton Road, adjacent to The Peninsula in Cornelius. Lance Carlyle with Carlyle Properties listed the four-bedroom, five-bath estate. The house, which has a pool, a four-car garage, elevator and wine cellar, […]


Golf is back on the upswing

By Elisabeth Richardson. If the annual PGA Merchandise Show is any indication, this will be another good year for an industry worth $84.1 billion in 2016—up 22 percent from 2011. It looks like more participation—especially from juniors—will help drive increases in green fees this year, as well as capital improvements and new amenities that will […]

Lake Norman Chamber supports I-77 Committee recommendations

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has announced its support for the recommendations made by the I-77 Advisory Committee and has requested DOT Secretary of Transportation James Trogdon to strongly consider the group’s suggestions.recommendations.Those include: Allow I-77 Mobility Partners to complete construction. Upon completion, NCDOT buys out the contract Road improvement projects funded by ‘Bonus’ […]


Canadian firm tees up redevelopment of Birkdale Golf Club

May 16. By Dave Vieser. Romspen, the Canadian company that owns Birkdale Golf Club, will invest $45 million into the aging complex. Plans include replacing the clubhouse, the addition of up to 225 apartments and a 155 room hotel. The application for the project was filed within the past week, and faces a lengthy review and approval […]

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