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Institute of Political Leadership is looking for candidates

March 28. Sometimes unusual people run for public office—and win. The Lake Norman and Statesville Chambers of Commerce have found a way to improve candidates with coaching on everything from fundraising to polling. It’s the Institute of Political Leadership. “It is our hope that the IOPL program will provide a foundation for a diverse pool […]


Flexing muscle around​ ​transit, N. Meck towns say CATS is off-track ​​

​March 24. ​Should ​the ​Charlotte Area Transportation System​ spend $2.3 million to study​ a new commuter rail line between Charlotte and Lake Norman? ​No way, says Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla. He, along with his town board, have come out solidly against the notion of yet another new rail line, possibly well east of the Hwy. […]

Contorno lands national insurance award

David Contorno, founder and president of Charlotte-area Lake Norman Benefits, received the 2017 Leadership Award at ASCEND, the annual conference of The Association for Insurance Leadership (AIL), held in Nashville, TN, January 26-29. The award recognizes those whose leadership in support of improving the value and performance of employee benefits has significantly advanced the industry. […]


‘Shark Tank’ coming to CPCC

March 20. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’d like to pitch your business on “Shark Tank,” the CPCC, Small Business Center is where you need to go. CPCC  is offering free workshops to entrepreneurs in the weeks prior to the official April 29 audition with the ABC-TV casting team. Approved pitches will be featured on a future episode […]

Bryan launches TruBlue

John Bryan​ has launch​ed TruBlue of Lake Norman​, a concierge service for a variety of home needs. A veteran landscaper, the new business, a franchise, ​specializes in providing handyman services, maid and cleaning services, lawn care, emergency repairs​ and​ home watch program​s, among others. ​TruBlue of Lake Norman serves Mooresville, Huntersville, Cornelius, Denver, Lincolnton, Maiden, […]

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Visit LKN has new video

March 20. Visit Lake Norman, the local convention and visitors bureau, debuted its first destination marketing video recently at the annual awards luncheon at the Peninsula Yacht Club. The video highlights signature attractions, events, lake activities and dining in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. The destination marketing video is part of VLN’s sales and marketing plan. The […]

Unpopular Cintra deal rolls through public opinion, financial close.

NCDOT will launch independent review of I-77 toll contract

March 16. By Dave Yochum. The NC Department of Transportation will hire an outside firm to undertake an “independent comprehensive review” of the 1,345 page contract between the state of North Carolina and Ferrovial-Cintra, the foreign conglomerate that landed the 50-year, $655-million deal to build toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville. “The plan is that […]

Catawba College, NCRC partner on new database

March 13. Catawba College Information Systems class is creating a searchable database to help the North Carolina Research Campus  and the scientists at its eight university research centers target their business development efforts to companies in need of nutrition research. The students, all from Catawba’s Ketner School of Business, will spend their spring semester on […]

18502 Green Knoll Trace in River Run has sold for $890,000

2017 looks like more of the same: Tight inventories, rising prices

Residential resale prices are up 5.6 percent year over year in Charlotte, a little less than the national average, but a strong showing nevertheless. Charlotte has traditionally seen more moderation around highs and lows than cities like San Francisco or Miami. The national average for December 2016 over December 2015 was 5.8 percent. According to […]


Craig Smith new sales director at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep

Craig Smith, ​g​eneral ​m​anager of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was recently promoted to ​s​ales ​director over the dealership and its sister store Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Together, the dealerships sold 4,800 cars in 2016. ​He​ has been with ​the dealership​ since 2003​. “I’m looking forward to the new challenges presented by managing […]

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