The below message was distributed to Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Members in an email Wednesday afternoon, August 15th following the I-77 Policy Advisory Board Meeting at the Chamber.
Lake Norman Chamber Member:
A little over three decades ago, I sat with great anticipation as Geraldo Rivera kept me on the edge of my seat opening Al Capone's secret vault on television. There was a lot of hype and hope but at the end of the day, all Geraldo discovered was a few old discarded beer bottles.
I felt that same sinking feeling today after all the hype of a significant decision regarding the I-77 toll lane project. That said, I do believe the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Governor's office, and our State Legislature all recognize the planned I-77 Toll Lanes will be an economic calamity for our region.
Next Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host an I -77 Business Briefing to be held at the Comfort Suites at Lake Norman, 14510 Boulder Park Drive in Huntersville. Attendees may arrive at 6:45. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett and Past Chamber Chair John Hettwer will be the presenters. While open to the public, the capacity is 85 people so it?s on a first arrival basis.
Don't expect the Chamber to sugarcoat the issue. This region must have congestion relief and that requires General Purpose Lanes for Lake Norman. The briefing will be a discussion of our next course of action as a business community.
I hope you can join us.
W.E. "Bill" Russell, CCE, IOM
President & CEO
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce