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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…
The below President's Message, while addressed to and intended for Chamber Members whose businesses are located in Cornelius, it is being distributed to all Lake Norman Chamber members as a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) is being considered for the Towns of Huntersville and Mooresville. The message speaks to the efforts of the Chamber on behalf of the struggling businesses at exit 28 and also how the Chamber of Commerce is working to promote all of the member businesses throughout the Lake region. Lake Norman Chamber Members in Cornelius: Last Wednesday, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, working with the Town…
The waters at Cashion's Cove were dark and silent this past week as the grand patriarch of the Cashion family, and one of our true Lake Norman treasures, slipped quietly away. Perhaps no family has had the impact on our community since the Duke Brothers and the creation of Lake Norman in 1962.  Robert T. "Bob" Cashion has been a guiding force in shaping the business and community landscape of this region for more than fifty years. He graduated from UNC in 1956 and returned home to his parent's grocery business in Cornelius. His wife Louise joined Bob at the…
Lake Norman Chamber members: Everyone is quite aware that Exit 28 is currently undergoing construction having a severe impact on the mobility of Cornelius. Catawba Avenue is essentially Main Street Lake Norman as this transportation artery parallels much of the shoreline. The Divergent Diamond Interchange when completed will create the most efficient, functional and aesthetically designed exit in the area. Unfortunately, the construction is creating serious hardship to our retail and hospitality businesses and testing the patience of our residents and customers. For our Cornelius MembersAssistant Town Manager Andrew Grant and myself made 57 visits to businesses located on Torrence…
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:17

Lake Norman - Sexy and we know it!

In the last few weeks, Motovo.com, a real estate website, ranked the Lake Norman town of Cornelius as the fourth sexiest community in the nation and Huntersville as the seventh most exciting town in North Carolina. In addition, Ashley Madison (ashleymadison.com), an online dating service that caters to people already in relationships, says Huntersville leads its rankings of the "Most Unfaithful Neighborhoods" in the Charlotte area. The rankings were based on the percentage of membership from respective ZIP codes in the region. My first take on reading the Ashley Madison statistic was astonishment. First, that there was a website that…
The following article appeared as a "Letter to the Editor" in many Lake Norman regional publications the week of April 7, 2014.   This past week, community and business leaders received a firsthand look into the new Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health Hospital in Davidson. Standing in the courtyard, I was struck by how much the new facility resembled a hotel, rather than a healthcare facility. Our new behavioral health hospital was not without controversy as elected leaders and neighborhood opponents in Huntersville rejected the earlier concept. While the denial for a rezoning of the parcel was in essence based…
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