FOCUS FRIDAY -"When are they building that road near my business?"

Date: October 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Randy Marion Conference Room 19900 W. Catawba Ave in Cornelius
2nd Floor Visitor Center / Chamber of Commerce Offices
19900 W. Catawba Ave
Cornelius, NC 28031
United States
Contact: Jack Stevens
Phone: 7048921922


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Please join us for a coffee and discussion in the Randy Marion Conference Room, 2nd Floor of the Lake Norman Visitor Center/ Chamber of Commerce Offices.

 This month’s Lake Norman Chamber Focus Friday will examine local transportation projects and the issue of eminent domain. There are quite a number of pending and planned transportation projects slated for North Mecklenburg, particularly in the NC Highway 73 area, leaving many property owners to ask: Will the pending road construction effect my business? Does the state have the right to take my property? THE ANSWER IS YES! Highway widening can be both concerning and confusing for landowners along the construction corridor. There are several important procedural steps involved in the State’s acquiring a portion of your property. This process can be very confusing and counter-intuitive, but understanding it is key to receiving value for your property and maintaining “peace of mind” through the process.

Our speakers include: Larry Shaheen Jr.: Condemnation and Eminent Domain Attorney with McIntosh Law Firm; Danny Phillips: Town of Huntersville Commissioner; and Jim Puckett, Former Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. 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 takes place at the Lake Norman Chamber 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius Suite 201 Randy Marion Conference Room. The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. The program will be moderated by Public Policy Chair Jason Colvin.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 900 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community. Pictured: Larry Shaheen with The McIntosh Law Firm will lead a panel discussion on the condemnation process and eminent domain in Mecklenburg County. Speakers: Larry Shaheen, Attorney - The McIntosh Law Firm Larry joined The McIntosh Law Firm after serving as General Counsel for a commercial real estate development and management firm. His experience allows him to be a resource and advocate for commercial real estate clients. Larry’s practice concentrates on Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Property Valuation Appeals, Eminent Domain/Condemnation, and Government Affairs. Danny Phillips - Commissioner, Town of Huntersville Danny Phillips is serving his fourth term as a commissioner. He was first elected to public office in November 2011. Phillips is a local farmer and the owner of Phillips General Stores and Old Store. His past volunteer experience includes serving as a member of the Rural Hill Board, Lake Norman Chamber, Visit Lake Norman Board and the Hugh Torance House and Store Board. Danny and his family have called Huntersville home since 1969. His hobbies include fishing and hunting. Jim Puckett - Former Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners In 1997 Jim Puckett was elected to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education. His service on the BOE led to the defeat of busing in Federal Court and a victory for neighborhood schools. In 2000 he was elected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and served 6 years working for a more efficient and responsive county government. After taking 8 years off Jim returned to the BOCC in 2014. Once back he got individual tax bills changed to reflect specifically how your personal taxes are spent, turned back the county’s efforts to give away Memorial Stadium and spend nearly $50 million on pro soccer, returned $42 million to the Park and Rec budget for park and greenway development, and demanded accountability in the Health Dept. that led to the resignation of an ineffective Director of Health. Puckett has led the fight to change an unreasonable toll road project, and led the effort to cancel the county contract with CMPD thus allowing each town’s police department to provide more effective and reactive service at no additional cost. He continues to be in the forefront of the fight for the citizens of District 1 for adequate school facilities and services.