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Oerlikon will bring 93 jobs to Huntersville

Feb. 6. Global technology group Oerlikon will invest $62 million in a new plant in The Park in Huntersville. It will create 93 new jobs during the next five years. “We are excited to have another well-established International manufacturing company located in Huntersville. Huntesville’s reputation for being business friendly, having a great quality of life […]

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Aquesta full year rises 15.8 percent from 2015

Jn. 23. Aquesta Financial Holdings reports 2016 net income rose 15.8 percent from 2015 earnings. At year-end Aquesta’s total assets were $348.7 million, up 19 percent from $293.1 million at the end of 2015. “I’m very happy to announce continued excellent earnings combined with excellent growth for the final quarter of an outstanding year. Our […]

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Managing growth in classic small town can be ‘messy’

By Erica Batten. Is Davidson’s small-town charm at risk? Mayor John Woods projected that Davidson’s current population of roughly 12,000 will double in the next four decades, consistent with the rest of Mecklenburg County “Our greatest challenge is managing the effects of change while protecting our small-town character,” Woods said. The consequence of getting it very […]

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The cycle of life: Biking helps drive business

By Dave Friedman. Will Washam grew up in Cornelius, graduated from Appalachian State in 2011, and lives in Mooresville. Bob Nibarger is 68 years old. He lives part of the year in Cornelius and a portion in Sarasota, Fla. The desires and priorities of this classic Millennial and Baby Boomer are strikingly similar. Countless Millennials and […]

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Economic outlook Q&A with top economist Jan. 19

It looks like another growth year for North Carolina, according to economists. Economist Michael Walden from NC State University, predicts that North Carolina will continue to beat the nation in economic growth, with our state’s gross domestic product rising about 3.5 percent faster than the rate of national growth. Economist Sarah House will go deeper […]

Kiger brings business savvy, not just education, to board

Blake Kiger brings a business perspective, not just an education perspective, to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. The newly appointed Harrisburg resident—and former Board of Education member—is the principal at Simon-Meyer Construction Consultants in Charlotte. The company provides third-party construction consultant services to clients in lending, development and property ownership. He said he is […]

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Transportation planning pays off for CATS riders, Cabarrus

By Dave Vieser. When you’re stuck in traffic on I-77 or Hwy. 73, the mind turns to why modern roads weren’t built as Lake Norman developed. Lack of funds or lack of planning? Indeed, 25 years ago, private banking advisors were telling high net worth clients growth would flood Charlotte and its environs. A number of […]

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Regional transportation efforts stall

Jan. 12. By Dave Vieser. Efforts to formally create a regional transportation alliance among the three North Mecklenburg towns have stalled, highlighting the difficulties the region has had over the years in maintaining effective regional transportation planning. The latest blow came in December when the Huntersville Town Board voted 4-3 against joining the North Meck […]

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Legislators call I-77 toll lane project ‘terrible’ and totally one-sided

By Dave Vieser. The I-77 toll plan was front and center at a Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club with NC Rep. John Bradford, a Republican, and Assemblyman-elect Chaz Beasley, a Democrat. Despite being on opposite sides of the aisles, the two—both rising stars in their respective parties—showed every sign of getting along, mutual respect and […]

It looks like the Charlotte economy will ramp up in 2017, despite HB2

By Dave Yochum. The economic outlook for 2017 is brighter than 2016, bankers and economists say, despite concerns it could have been a recession year. Wells Fargo is forecasting a 2.1 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product next year, up from 1.5 percent this year. Of course it’s lower than 2015’s 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent […]

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