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NC County Commissioners recognize Cabarrus

Sept. 28. Two Cabarrus County programs received recognition from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for bringing innovative approaches to improving local government services. The NCACC also recognized Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris and Vice Chair Diane Honeycutt for their work on professional development. The County’s Elected Officials Summit meetings and Community […]

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New downtown plan puts hotel at north end of Cannon Village

June 17. The Kannapolis City Council has unanimously endorsed the “North Option” for the redevelopment of downtown. It places a sports and entertainment complex in the north section of downtown, a hotel on Main Street, and a performing arts center on West Street. Residential development will be located in the historic district of the City […]


2 N. Meck mayors split from business community on I-77

June 9. By Dave Yochum. In defiance of the Cornelius Town Board, Mayor Chuck Travis has met with NC Sen. Philip Berger in Raleigh to argue in favor of the Public Private Partnership that is building toll lanes between Lake Norman and Charlotte. Travis, who lobbied against HB-954—the anti-toll legislation that passed overwhelmingly in the NC House June 2—met with […]

Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg poses for a portrait on West Ave., in downtown Kannapolis, on Jan. 13.

Kannapolis a step closer to downtown makeover

April 26. The Kannapolis City Council lat night approved a revitalization project for 50 acres of downtown land and buildings purchased from David Murdock. Construction could be under way in spring of 2017. A master development plan, put together by the non-profit Development Finance Initiative, is expected to be ready in June. A “Demonstration Project” […]


Citizen Kurt: WidenI-77 organizer wows top politicians

March 10. By Dave Yochum. Speaking to a packed house—150 citizens and elected officials at Cornelius Town Hall—anti-toll leader Kurt Naas started by thanking people for attending a dry information session on Cintra finances, the bankruptcy in Texas and the pricing plan for tolls between Charlotte and Lake Norman. The one-hour presentation by the founder […]

Cabarrus gets award for budget presentation

Dec. 17. The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded Cabarrus County its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2016 budget. In order to receive the budget award, Cabarrus had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations […]

New partner at Red Dome

Former NC Rep. Carolyn Justice has joined Cornelius-based Red Dome Group as a senior partner of the political consulting firm. At the same time, Red Dome’s co-founder and senior partner Todd Poole has taken a leave of absence to serve as chief of staff for US Rep. Richard Hudson. Justice was the first woman ever elected to the General […]


Cintra hints of possible legal action against critic of toll plan

By Dave Yochum. The fight against the plan to widen I-77 with the help of a company whose roots are in Spain continues to escalate, with a lawsuit, another bill in Raleigh and even the threat of legal action against someone who has spoken out against I-77 Mobility partners, the new entity that will build the […]


Andy Yates ‘Rising Star’ in national publication

Andy Yates, senior partner of Red Dome Group, has been named a “Rising Star” in the political campaign world by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Yates managed NC Rep. Charles Jeter’s closely watched campaign last year. Below is part of a Q&A with Yates from Campaigns and Elections   C&E: How do you become a self-made […]


Point counterpoint: I-77 toll lanes

By Kurt Naas. Now that local governments and businesses have lined up against the I-77 toll lanes, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has been offering up three more rationales why they must move forward with this project. First, we’ve been told it’s “tolls or nothing for 20 years.”  That may have been true in […]

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