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The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is accepting public input through July 31st on regional transportation projects. The organization is the agency composed of representatives of our municipal bodies which prioritize transportation projects and spending. It is critical that our local businesses and area citizens are engaged in this process and we encourage you to use the email link below and provide your feedback. After clicking on the email link place in the subject line: Public Comment on 2016-2025 TIP. “TIP” stands for Transportation Improvement Plan. If you support or oppose the current I77 Toll Lane Plan, share your…
What direction are we headed? In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, there is an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat“–so long as I get somewhere” Alice added as an explanation.“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” I’m sure many of us feel like Alice. Stuck in the congestion…
Recently I had the privilege of speaking to students at a local Career Day. One of the questions asked was, “Outside of your family, who had the most impact on you for the career you have today?” While attending college, I worked at an office furniture and supply store delivering case goods and supplies. After graduation, I went to work for the company as a marketing representative. I could cite dozens of people who have had a profound impact on my life. That said, perhaps no one person shaped who I became as a sales person more than a working…
"Left turns are bad!" That is the foundation of the "Superstreet" concept which the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has recommended for Cornelius between Jetton Road and Sam Furr Road. With a Superstreet design, instead of waiting for oncoming traffic to clear to make a left, or using a traditional traffic signals, all vehicles are re-routed to dedicated left lanes. These vehicles then make U-turns at a designated distance and circle back to reach a planned destination. I am convinced that it is not a street that makes a town or a region super. But rather, it is the…
This year marks the 14th Business Expo our chamber has hosted since 2001. What started as 25-30 businesses under the Business Big Top at LakeFest in the 1990's and evolved into one of the most successful business trade shows in the Charlotte region, now has 180+ businesses and nonprofits exhibiting to approximately 2,000 people. Through the years, I have worked closely with our exhibitors as well as attended shows in Mooresville, Cabarrus County, and Charlotte. Each year we host an exhibitors orientation, usually a few weeks before the show, to review the 25 or so Most Frequently Asked Questions. But…
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members: Last evening (Feb 2, 2015), I had the opportunity to attend the Cornelius Town Board Meeting. Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant gave an update as to DDI aesthetic improvement timelines.  Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis reminded citizens who were present that the DDI is technically 1/3 completed in terms of aesthetics.  To date much of the focus has been focused on burying utility lines which will be extremely important in the inclement weather months and the mast and cables.  Below is a synopsis of Andrew Grant's report.   Bill Russell, President & CEO Diverging Diamond Interchange…
Mike Russell, a resident of Huntersville and Director of Energy Services at EnergyUnited, will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce effective January 1, 2015. Russell, a decorated Navy officer, has a degree in business administration from Norwich University and an MBA from DeSales University. Russell, who spent two years on the chamber board of directors as the Membership Programs and Services Chair, will focus on bringing added value to the 1,000+ member business organization. "I want to continue the great work of 2014 Board Chair Hilary Broadway who focused on our technology and…
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