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Traffic took off in 2016 at Concord Regional Airport

Traffic at Concord Regional Airport climbed steeply in 2016, with 185,000 commercial passengers in 2016, an increase of  63.7 percent from 2015. The growth, of course, was facilitated by the new Commercial Service Terminal and parking deck, which opened in October, not to mention Allegiant Air. There are now 76 monthly departures, up from 40 […]

Community First opening loan production office in Concord

Community First Bank is opening a loan production office in Concord, with Michelle L. Riley, vice president and city executive, at the helm. Concord is  the bank’s first location in North Carolina. Riley will cover Concord and the surrounding area, focusing on establishing and building new commercial banking relationships. The office will open March 1 at 300 McGill Ave. Riley’s banking […]

Corning will invest $109 million in Midland plant

Feb. 20 Corning will invest $109 million in its fiber plant in Midland, creating 200 jobs over the next two years. The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year, performance-based grant for $3.2 million. The venerable ceramics, glass-making and optical communications company will hire a variety of workers, including operators, distribution staff, maintenance personnel and […]


Olde Mecklenburg Brewery taps into Cornelius, LKN

Feb. 20. Updated 2 pm  It looks like Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will put a significant operation on an industrial site on Zion Avenue formerly owned by MacLean Curtis, the industrial manufacturer which moved to Mooresville. It’s a nice economic-development win for Cornelius, the downtown area in particular. Town officials have maintained a code of silence around […]


Rusty Knox will run for Davidson mayor

Rusty Knox, the son of the late mayor Russell Knox, will run for mayor this fall. A well-known Realtor and singer, Knox says he was motivated to run by the Downtown Catalyst Study, which focused on developing four acres of town-owned land with the help of private investment. Knox’s have been on the Town Board […]


Diversity happens when you include. Inclusion requires a conscientious effort

By Dave Yochum. Chris Hailey, who ran for Mecklenburg County Sheriff as a Republican in 2010 and 2014, is black, but chairing the Diversity Council has been an eye-opener for him. “When I became chairman of the diversity council, it educated me to the point where I was not as conservative as I used to be. […]


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 […]


Rising interest rates will have less impact on luxury market

Competition for homes has driven Charlotte area median home prices up from less than $180,000 three years ago to something north of $210,000 depending on where you are. Meanwhile, interest rates are climbing. Pat Riley, CEO of Allen Tate, says mortgage rates could climb another two points in the next couple of years. Thirty-year fixed […]

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Ideal Health plans to lease 500 square feet at NCRC

  Jan. 30. Ideal Health Biotechnology, which has an antioxidant spray made from grape seed extract available in China, will take 500 square feet of space in the North Carolina Research Campus.  Ideal Health, which is a unit of Ideal Shanghai, is leasing office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory […]


Iredell County: Ready to work

  Jan. 29. Iredell County is now a North Carolina Works Certified Work Ready Community, a collaborative effort between workforce development partners at the local and state level. The program is aimed at leveraging data and analysis tools to continue economic growth. The North Carolina Chamber Foundation serves as the final certifying body to designate a Work Ready Community. […]

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