Focus Friday – Friday, June 16th, 2017 8:30-10 am
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 19900 West Catawba Ave, Cornelius NC
This month, Friday, June 16th from 8:30-10 am, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will focus on the North Carolina Highway 73 Council of Planning. The Council of Planning is a multi-jurisdictional body tasked with monitoring and managing the NC 73 corridor, a 35-mile section of rapidly developing communities in the northern parts of the Charlotte, North Carolina region. At the Focus Friday we will discuss briefly the history and mission of the oversight group and planned improvements and activities along NC73 from Cabarrus County thru Huntersville and into Lincoln County.
On hand to discuss the NC Hwy 73 COP is Charles Knox, former Board Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber and an original founder of the Council as well as Zac Gordon, formerly with the Huntersville Planning Department and now the Planning Director for the City of Kannapolis.
Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for chamber of commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922. Focus Friday is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program is emceed by Public Policy Chairman Joshua Dobi.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 1,000 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.
About our Speakers:
Charles Knox, Jr.
Charles is a founding Principal of The Knox Group and has over 30 years of real estate experience in brokerage, site acquisition, development, and management services. He leads the development activities of the firm, and he has completed retail, office, industrial, mixed-use and both single family and multi-family residential projects. He is a founding board member and current Board of Directors Chairman for Aquesta Bank, and is a long standing member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, having served as the Charlotte Chapter President. He is the 2000 Board Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and has served as Co-Chair of the Regional Roads Committee.
During Knox’s term on the Chamber Board, he along with leaders of the Cabarrus Regional, Lincoln County, and Lake Norman Chambers successfully lobbied for a multi-jurisdictional land use study which was the foundation of the Highway 73 Council of Planning. He continues to serve as a representative of the Chamber on several transportation committees.
A graduate of Davidson College, Charles lives in Cornelius with his wife Colette and two daughters.
Zac Gordon currently serves as Planning Director for the City of Kannapolis, a position he has held since November 2014. In this capacity, Zac oversees all functions of the City’s Planning Department, including development plan review and approval, the preparation of long-range plans and code enforcement activity. A native of New York, Zac has served as a professional planner in a variety of locations, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island and North Carolina.
Before coming to Kannapolis, Zac served as Principal Planner for the Town of Huntersville from 2005-2014 where he managed the Town’s long-range planning function, including plans for the NC 73 corridor. Zac has previously served as Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee for the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association and is credentialed with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Zac is a member of the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association and is a graduate of the Lake Norman Leadership Class of 2010. Zac holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Geography from the State University of New York and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.