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Volume rises at Allen Tate

Jan. 16. Privately held Allen Tate Co. says closed sales volume rose to $5.45 billion in 2016, compared to $5.16 billion in 2015. Units rose in similar fashion, from 21,565 in 2015 to 22,194 last year. Allen Tate President and CEO Pat Riley said steady growth helps normalize and sustain the market. Low inventory will […]


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 […]

John Kepner is LKN ‘Businessperson of the Year’

Jan. 16. John Kepner, president of Raymer Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, is the Lake Norman Chamber’s new Business Person of the Year. He will be recognized at the annual dinner Friday. Kepner, who purchased the funeral home in 2011 from Johnny Raymer, is the president of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club and serves on […]

UNCC receives $7.7M grant for transportation research

Jan. 13. A $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help fund a novel multi-institution center at UNC Charlotte that will be called the Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE). It will focus on relieving congestion and improving the quality of life for city dwellers around the country. Other […]

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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 […]


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 […]

LKN Chamber annual dinner features entrepreneur in residence

Jan. 11. The Lake Norman Chamber annual dinner will be 6:30 pm Jan. 20 at The Peninsula Club. Entrepreneur Jon Boggiano, who with his brother Chris created a business that was acquired by a fortune 500 company, is the featured speaker. Boggiano is an “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Davidson College. The annual dinner features awards […]

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College lands innovation award

Jan. 11. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has earned the 2016 Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award, for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. The awards program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program, is a prestigious honor. Rowan-Cabarrus was one of only three institutions […]

Novant Health Huntersville gets certificate of distinction from Joint Commission

Jan. 11. Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center has been awarded The Joint Commission’s colorectal cancer disease-specific care certification for a two-year period. Huntersville Medical Center is the fourth facility in the United States to receive this certification. “The colorectal cancer-disease specific care certification is a validation of our incredible patient care and the outcomes of […]

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