UIC 002Founders of a community group organized after the Charlottesville riots in 2017, have been selected by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as Individual Diversity Champions for 2018. Willie and Pam Jones, Sue Rankin - White, and Ron Parts are the three key founders and original members of the community network called Unity in Community.

Unity in Community is focused on education and reduction of discrimination and segregation in the Lake Norman area. The primary vehicle is small groups of mixed race, gender and ethnicity who study history and share personal experiences related to discrimination and racial bias.

Following the Charlottesville riots and death of Heather Heyer in August 2017, local churches organized a prayer vigil in the Village Green in Davidson. At that event, individuals signed up to participate in discussions on racial issues. Joel Simpson (formerly Associate Pastor at Mt Zion United Methodist Church) along with Willie and Pam, Sue and Ron emerged as leaders and organized small mixed-race groups. The small groups meet regularly, and they have become a place of trust to share history and personal challenges.

Members talk frankly about institutional and individual racism. Larger scale events have been held that bring together citizens of differing races to hear speakers talk on related topics. They established committees that focus on Social Justice, Education, and Communications. The three Diversity Champions have taken the lead, built trust and continuity. Georgia Krueger, Executive Director of the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, has also been extremely involved with the group.

Current priorities include voter registration and the saving of Smithville, the oldest historically African American neighborhood at Lake Norman. After more education and an expansion of members, UiC will focus on solutions that will help close the racial divide and reduce poverty among minority residents.

Also recognized was Central Piedmont Community College whose Merancus Campus serves the north end of Mecklenburg County. CPCC’s commitment to workforce development and diversity has placed it at the forefront of efforts to address issues of economic mobility in the region.Diversity 37 1

Top Right Picture: Founding members of Unity in Community (UiC) receive the Individual Champions of Diversity Award from the Lake Norman Chamber. Pictured are: Willie and Pam Jones, Sue Rankin White, Chris Hailey, Ron Potts, and Bill Russell. Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.

Bottom Right Picture: CPCC’s Merancas Campus was cited by the Lake Norman Chamber as the nonprofit Diversity Champion for 2018. Pictured is Diversity Chair Chris Hailey, Clidell Conston, Mike Price, Nzingha Williams, Andrea Ambercrombie, William Kennedy, and Major Pat Brown – CPCC, along with Chamber President Bill Russell. Photo by John McHugh – Ocaid Photography.

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ForumThe Lake Norman Chamber will host a candidate forum featuring the candidates vying for North Carolina Senate District #41 along with Mecklenburg County District #1. The event will be held Tuesday, October 23rd at Central Piedmont Community College - Merancas Camus 11930 Verhoeff Drive in Huntersville, Criminal Justice Building. It is scheduled for 7:00 to 9:15 and is open to the public.  The forum will open with candidates Natasha Marcus - Democrat challenging Senate #41 incumbent Jeff Tarte - Republican. The forum will be moderated by Lake Norman Chamber Public Policy Chair Jason Colvin.

John Bradford (R) and the incumbent for NC House District #98 had a previously scheduled commitment and cannot participate.  However, Christy Clark - Democrat will be in attendance and will be introduced for remarks.

Also scheduled is the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners District #1 race with Jim Puckett - R who is an incumbent and Democratic Challenger Elaine Powell.

Questions for the candidates will come largely from those in attendance and screened by the moderator for fairness. Other office seekers will be afforded an opportunity to introduce themselves to those in attendance.

The schedule and procedure is as follows:

LAKE NORMAN CHAMBER of COMMERCE

 CANDIDATE FORUM PROCESS

SEATING/LOGISTICS

  • Candidates for each session will be seated in alphabetical order
  • Someone with the Chamber will be on hand to facilitate seating and change out of candidates between sessions.
  • The Chamber will furnish the moderator – Jason Colvin, Public Policy Chair - Lake Norman Chamber and State Farm Agent - Colvin Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
  • Bottled water and cups will be provided.  

ISSUES/QUESTIONS

  • Each candidate will be afforded an opportunity to respond to each question. 
  • Questions will come from the audience and from topics that have been identified to the Chamber as of interest to our citizens, community, and businesses.
  • Questions from the audience will be screened and presented by the moderator to avoid duplications and ensure each candidate is offered an opportunity to respond. 
  • Questions from the Chamber will include topics over which county / state officials have influence.  Questions from the audience will take priority over questions from the Chamber.
  • Each candidate must speak for him/herself.
  • The order of response to questions will be randomly selected for each question.
  • Candidates will be given one (1) minute to respond to each question. 
  • A timekeeper will provide candidates a sign when he/she has 15 seconds remaining and when his/her time has expired.
  • There will be a Three minute opening introduction.
  • Each candidate will be given an opportunity to present a Two minute closing statement. 

 Tuesday, October 23rd 7-9:15 PM

CPCC Merancas Campus - 11930 Verhoeff Dr, Huntersville

7:00 - 7:05      Welcome by Board Chair Joshua Dobi and Introduction of Moderator

7:05 - 7:10      Housekeeping – Review of Rules and Procedures

7:10 – 8:00     NC Senate District #41 Candidates

                                    Natasha Marcus – Democrat

                                    Jeff Tarte - Republican

8:00  - 8:10    NC House District 98

                                    Christy Clark – Democrat

                                    John Bradford - Republican Cannot Attend

8:10 -  8:50      Mecklenburg County District 1  

                                    Elaine Powell – Democrat

                                    Jim Puckett - Republican

8:50 – 9:15      Introduction of other Candidates

 

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October BusinessWorks! – Tuesday, October 9th Noon – 1:15 Lunch n’ Learn

Topic: Protecting your Business against Cyber Crime!


cyberThe Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce October BusinessWorks will be held at our NEW TIME – Noon to 1:15 at the Chamber. It is a Lunch n’ Learn program and we encourage you to bring a lunch and learn with us!

This month we examine Cyber Crime. In 2018, it is estimated that Cybercrime will generate at least $1.5 trillion and that number according to experts is conservative. Detective Rick Rojas, a Detective with the Huntersville Police Department, will share time and information to guard your business against online theft. Detective Rojas will discuss: Different types of Cyber Crimes such as Ransomware; things to look for in a suspicious email; and safeguards that small business can use to protect themselves.

The BusinessWorks Program is brought to you in collaboration with SCORE – America’s Small Business Counselors. Held at the Chamber – Randy Marion Conference Room. BusinessWorks is a program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce that focuses on personal skills: management, marketing, operations, and sales.

About our Speaker - Detective Richard E. Rojas, Town of Huntersville Police Department - Criminal Investigations DivisionRojas

Richard “Rick” Rojas is a 32 year veteran of law enforcement and began his career with the Middletown Police Department in Orange County, New York. Rick served as the DARE officer for 14 years teaching over 13,000 elementary students. He was President of the New York State DARE Officers Association and in 2005 was awarded the association’s “Career Achievement Award” and named “Officer of the Year.”

Rick started with the Huntersville Police Department in 2008 and was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division with an emphasis on Financial and Cyber Crimes. In 2013 he was presented CID’s “Most Valuable Employee” award. Rick received his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and is a Police Instructor on the department training staff. He is a certified Mobile Device Examiner through the National Computer Forensics Institute and currently serves on the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.

Outside of work Rick loves spending time with Tammy, his lovely wife of 23 years and their 2 dogs. He enjoys being out on his boat (when it runs), riding his motorcycle and flying airplanes as he is an FAA certified private pilot.

Pictured is Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce President Bill Russell, Detective Rck Rojas, and Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill.

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dUKEFocus Friday – September 21st 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Lake Norman – Our Shared Treasure 

Join Duke Energy for a three-part discussion on one of the greatest environmental assets in our region. The Focus Friday takes on Friday, September 21st from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius.

Topics include:

Lake Shoreline Management―Commercial classifications on Lake Norman have been called “zoning” on the water. Get an update from Duke Energy’s Lake Management professionals about Lake Shoreline permitting, lease renewals, and other related topics. (Presenter: Joe Kluttz, Lake Services Representative)

Marshall Steam Station Operations―Duke Energy is taking on one of its biggest environmental projects ever with ash basin closure. Industry scientists and engineers have developed strong, robust plans to safely close ash basins in ways that protect people, the environment and minimize the noise, truck traffic and other impacts to the local community. (Presenter: Lisa Parrish, Community Relations Manager)

Lake Norman Recreation Opportunities for 2018 and Beyond―We’ll take a look ahead at the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project recreation management plan and what’s on tap for Lake Norman recreation enhancements in the next five to 10 years. (Presenter: John Crutchfield, Director, Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning)

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 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program 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 Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Our Speakers include:

Joe Kluttz has more than thirty-seven years of experience with Duke Energy. During his tenure, he has had numerous roles including Electric Distribution, Risk Management, and Lake Services. He is currently a Lake Services Joe Kluttz Photo 480x640Representative on Lake Norman, a 32,475-acre hydroelectric project on the Catawba River. In this role, he facilitates a comprehensive shoreline management program created to balance private and public access while protecting the environmental, public recreational, cultural and scenic values of the project. Mr. Kluttz lives in Huntersville, North Carolina and is a member of the Huntersville Board of Adjustment.

Lisa Parrish Duke Energy Photo 427x640Lisa Parrish says she has the best job at Duke Energy. As a Community Relations Manager, Lisa works to share the company’s vision in the community and nurture meaningful relationships with key groups and organizations. Before moving to the Queen City, she lived in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and worked as the chief of staff to the president of the state utilities commission. Prior to that, Lisa was a television journalist. Her biggest lifetime accomplishment is the successful launch of four adult children – three of which are triplets.

Dan is the Emergency Preparedness and Quality Assurance Manager with the Coal Combustion Products Organization in Duke Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. The majority of Dan’s 37 years of professional experience have been dedicated to environmental remediation activities. His primary area of expertise is Net Environmental Benefit Analysis.

John Crutchfield is Director of Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning Services at Duke Energy. Mr. Crutchfield is responsible for public safety, recreation planning including facilities design and construction, cultural resources and lands issues at Duke Energy’s power plant sites. Mr. Crutchfield received a B.S. degree in zoology (1979) and his M.S. degree in aquatic ecology with a statistics minor (1992) from N.C. State University. Mr. Crutchfield is also a 2002 Fellow of the NCSU Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Mr. Crutchfield has over 38 years’ experience in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro project relicensing and compliance of environmental, shoreline management, and recreation issues.John Crutchfield Photo 180x240

Mr. Crutchfield served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and was named President Emeritus in 2016. Mr. Crutchfield is currently serving on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Nongame Advisory Committee, the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Board of Directors, and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Pam reside in Huntersville.

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dUKEFocus Friday – September 21st 8:30 to 10:00 am

Focus on Lake Norman – Our Shared Treasure 

Join Duke Energy for a three-part discussion on one of the greatest environmental assets in our region. The Focus Friday takes on Friday, September 21st from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius.

Topics include:

Lake Shoreline Management―Commercial classifications on Lake Norman have been called “zoning” on the water. Get an update from Duke Energy’s Lake Management professionals about Lake Shoreline permitting, lease renewals, and other related topics. (Presenter: Joe Kluttz, Lake Services Representative)

Marshall Steam Station Operations―Duke Energy is taking on one of its biggest environmental projects ever with ash basin closure. Industry scientists and engineers have developed strong, robust plans to safely close ash basins in ways that protect people, the environment and minimize the noise, truck traffic and other impacts to the local community. (Presenter: Lisa Parrish, Community Relations Manager)

Lake Norman Recreation Opportunities for 2018 and Beyond―We’ll take a look ahead at the Catawba-Wateree Hydro Project recreation management plan and what’s on tap for Lake Norman recreation enhancements in the next five to 10 years. (Presenter: John Crutchfield, Director, Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning)

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 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

The program 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 Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Our Speakers include:

Joe Kluttz has more than thirty-seven years of experience with Duke Energy. During his tenure, he has had numerous roles including Electric Distribution, Risk Management, and Lake Services. He is currently a Lake Services Joe Kluttz Photo 480x640Representative on Lake Norman, a 32,475-acre hydroelectric project on the Catawba River. In this role, he facilitates a comprehensive shoreline management program created to balance private and public access while protecting the environmental, public recreational, cultural and scenic values of the project. Mr. Kluttz lives in Huntersville, North Carolina and is a member of the Huntersville Board of Adjustment.

Lisa Parrish Duke Energy Photo 427x640Lisa Parrish says she has the best job at Duke Energy. As a Community Relations Manager, Lisa works to share the company’s vision in the community and nurture meaningful relationships with key groups and organizations. Before moving to the Queen City, she lived in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and worked as the chief of staff to the president of the state utilities commission. Prior to that, Lisa was a television journalist. Her biggest lifetime accomplishment is the successful launch of four adult children – three of which are triplets.

Dan is the Emergency Preparedness and Quality Assurance Manager with the Coal Combustion Products Organization in Duke Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. The majority of Dan’s 37 years of professional experience have been dedicated to environmental remediation activities. His primary area of expertise is Net Environmental Benefit Analysis.

John Crutchfield is Director of Public Safety & Recreation Strategy Planning Services at Duke Energy. Mr. Crutchfield is responsible for public safety, recreation planning including facilities design and construction, cultural resources and lands issues at Duke Energy’s power plant sites. Mr. Crutchfield received a B.S. degree in zoology (1979) and his M.S. degree in aquatic ecology with a statistics minor (1992) from N.C. State University. Mr. Crutchfield is also a 2002 Fellow of the NCSU Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Mr. Crutchfield has over 38 years’ experience in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydro project relicensing and compliance of environmental, shoreline management, and recreation issues.John Crutchfield Photo 180x240

Mr. Crutchfield served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and was named President Emeritus in 2016. Mr. Crutchfield is currently serving on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Nongame Advisory Committee, the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Board of Directors, and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Pam reside in Huntersville.

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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members:

Notice of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Nominations

 

Pursuant to Article IV, Section Three of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Bylaws, the Nominating Committee has recommended the following individuals as Board of Directors Members for the Class of 2021:

Joshua Dobi, North Main Financial Group, LLC
Tricia Sisson, The Range at Lake Norman
Joe Labovitz, Atrium Health
Sam James, James Funeral Home & NorthLake Memorial Gardens
Douglas Marion, Advanced Wealth Strategies, Inc.
Roger Layman, LaBella Associates DPC

At the regular September Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hurt Hub 210 Delburg Street Classroom #208 in Davidson, additional nominations can be made from the floor by Directors or Chamber Members present. If there are no additional nominations or a contested election, the slate of Directors will be deemed elected by acclamation of the membership without further action.

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Pic B Michelle Murphy picOn Thursday, November 15th, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Champions of Diversity Luncheon at noon at River Run Country Club in Davidson. The Chamber will recognize the Corporation, Small Business, Nonprofit, and Individual who practices and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This event was previously scheduled for September 20th but postponed because of Hurricane Florence.

In addition, the chamber will host Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand. Michelle leads Ingersoll Rand’s efforts to create and sustain a Progressive, Diverse and Inclusive (PDI) work environment, a key underpinning of their winning culture, deeply integrating PDI into Human Resource, functional and business processes across the company.

Chris Hailey, the Chamber’s Diversity Chair, oversees the Chamber’s efforts to increase an awareness and appreciation for the diverse demographic which makes up the Lake Norman regional workforce as well as the communities themselves. “Corporations, businesses, and community organizations that are diverse and inclusive are more dynamic, innovative, and much more successful than those who fail to recognize the strengths in our differences and our unique individual talents,” said Hailey.

The Lake Norman Chamber has focused efforts on Diversity since 2008 with an emphasis on programs which recognized the emergence of women in executive roles. Bill Russell, president of the Chamber, points to female owners and entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman market. “We have a substantial number of Lake Norman businesses owned and managed by female executives and we’re seeing more female involvement in the Board Room,” said Russell. “Our Women’s Conference held annually is attended by more than 100 local women business owners and a quick look around at our civic clubs and non-profits provides a strong indication at just how women have emerged as business and community leaders over the last couple of decades.”

The Chamber has also taken strides to engage minorities in the business and community fabric of the region. “It is extremely important to create programs that engage our African American, Asian, and Latino demographic as we shape and nurture the leadership of our community and emerging workforce,” added Hailey.

The Champions of Diversity Luncheon is presented by The McIntosh Law Firm. Gold Sponsors are MSC Industrial Supply and Sam’s Club of Mooresville and Silver Sponsors include Aquesta Bank and People’s Bank. The Media Sponsor is Business Today / Cornelius Today and the program Sponsor is Mama’s Pizza Express of Cornelius.

The luncheon is $20 and members and guests can register at lakenormanchamber.org or by calling the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.

Caption: Michelle Murphy, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Global Talent Acquisition at Ingersoll Rand will keynote the Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Luncheon Thursday, September 20th at River Run Country Club in Davidson.

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DobiThe following is a statement by 2018 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joshua Dobi in response to the action taken yesterday by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).. It was distributed to Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members and area elected officials via an email Wednesday,, August 29, 2018..

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Member:

Recognizing that our local, regional, and state educational systems are foundational to a healthy business & economic climate, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce remains committed to working with our local elected officials in Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson, our regional elected officials in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and our state representatives in the NC General Assembly to seek healthy ways to address both current and ongoing needs of our students and teachers.

We are blessed to live in a region which is growing, but there are challenges which come with that. The Lake Norman Chamber encourages ongoing constructive conversation at all levels of government and in our business community so that our school systems can continue to have the opportunity to perform at a high level and continue to make the Lake Norman region a beautiful place to live, work, and play.

Joshua Dobi
2018 Board Chair
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
704-892-1922 (o)
http://www.lakenormanchamber.org

 

 

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early edJoin us for Focus Friday – June 15th 8:30 10:00 am

The N.C. General Assembly approved HB 514 earlier this month which allows four Charlotte area towns/cities including Huntersville and Cornelius (the others are Mint Hill and Pineville) to open their own Charter Schools.

Critics of the bill argued that HB 514 could lead to segregation in the schools while supporters countered it provided parents’ choice in educational opportunities. Approval now provides the towns that resource in the future.

Huntersville Mayor Pro Tem and Lake Norman Educational Collaborative Co-chair Melinda Bales and CMS Government Relations Coordinator & Policy Administrator Charles Jeter will discuss how this approved legislation is expected to impact the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville. Joining Mr. Jeter is Dr. Matt Hayes Ed.D. who is the North Learning Community Superintendent for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Bales

North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte, who sits on the Senate Education / Higher Education Committee, will also be in attendance to discuss this issue and other educational issues before the Legislature.

The Focus Friday takes on Friday, June 15 from 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room 19900 West Catawba Avenue Suite 201.Cornelius

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 Lake Norman 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 Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 950 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Photo credit: United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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Saturday, June 9th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Beds for Kids is having a Family Fun Day in the parking lot at 11020 Bailey Road Cornelius. Activities include a bounce house with slide, face painting, corn hole, Jenga, and a DJ from Pure Trax Entertainment. Food and drink will include Sugar Daddy's food truck, Clean Juice, Papa Robb's Paradise Ice and D9 Brewery. The warehouse will be open for those who would like to tour it, but this day is about kids and their families having fun. Visit bedsforkids.org.

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