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Meetings and conferences on the rise

By Katie Piccirillo Sherman. Whether it’s the decline in gas prices or the spike in air fare, local meetings and conferences are becoming the go-to venue, according to Meeting Planner International (MPI) and the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA). Planners expect to organize 28 percent  more meetings in 2017 with only 2 percent expecting to plan […]

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Social media confronts mainstream leaders

​By Kate Stevens. With local election primaries only two months away, online groups promoting political activism and levying criticism on Davidson, Cornelius and Mooresville leaders have never been more popular. But whether these online forums, convenient places to complain, cajole and promote change, can affect the region’s economic development process is still largely unknown, several […]

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​Town-center style project straddles Cabarrus/Mecklenburg county line​

​ By Kate Stevens. A new 180-acre mixed-use development featuring residential units, retail, office and medical space along with entertainment options in a village center-style layout is coming to Cabarrus County. ​It will take seven to 10 years to build out.​ The Farmington development, by Charlotte-based MPV Properties, will split the Cabarrus and Mecklenburg County […]

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Nominations for 13th Annual Top Women now open

Nominations for Business Today’s 13th Annual Top Women leadership awards are officially open. The prestigious awards honor the Golden Crescent’s most dynamic women in business, community service, education and politics. To be eligible for this awards program, women leaders should be based in Cabarrus County, Lake Norman or University City—a business region we started calling […]

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Local tax rate just part of the eco-devo sales pitch

  By Dave Vieser. ​With local tax rates set for the new fiscal year, will the lowest municipal rate help recruit the most new businesses? Not necessarily, say local economic development officials. “Municipal tax rates are, for sure, one of the factors in determining the cost of operations for businesses” said Russ Rogerson, ​e​xecutive director […]

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Charlotte Observer pulling plug on Lake Norman Magazine

Aug. 4. By Dave Vieser. It looks like one of the mainstays of Lake Norman publishing has been scuttled. Lake Norman Magazine will cease publication before the end of the year, according to advertisers. SouthPark Magazine, which is owned by the Observer, will increase its presence in Lake Norman, advertisers said. The slick monthly was […]

Petroleum Council says natural gas and oil supports 141,500 NC jobs

Aug. 1. The North Carolina Petroleum Council says the U.S. natural gas and oil industry supported 141,500 jobs in North Carolina and contributed $13.41 billion to the state’s economy in 2015. The study found that all 50 states, whether energy producing or not,  benefit from the industry. The study was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and commissioned by API. “North Carolina consumers […]

Birkdale Village inspires rebirth of Kannapolis

Downtown Kannapolis will most definitely begin transforming before our very eyes, starting this fall. The City has hired a “construction manager at risk” to help ensure on-time, on-budget delivery of the West Avenue streetscape. The first component of the city’s Downtown Revitalization Project will be Birkdale Village incarnate, with vintage buildings, plenty of brick and […]

Signs of the time: Kannapolis erects way-finders

​Fifty new wayfinding signs with the slogan “Discover a Healthy Life” have been erected in Kannapolis ​to help residents and visitors ​alike find key locations within the city limits. Kannapolis, the home of the North Carolina Research Campus, hopes to continue to brand the city around healthy and active lifestyles with signage for key attractions like Village Park, the […]

A toast, please, for Downtown Kannapolis

The City of Kannapolis, along with the Friends of Downtown, are hosting a local wine and craft beer tasting event,  Toast Kannapolis, from 2 pm to 6 pm, Aug. 19, in the Laureate Center at Kannapolis City Hall. A variety of local vineyards/wineries and local breweries will share a selection of their wines and beers. Tickets are for sale […]

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