NC Senator Jeff Tarte to address local business leaders at monthly Focus Friday


N.C. Sen Jeff Tarte

N.C. Sen Jeff Tarte

North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte, District #41, will give a Legislative Update to Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members at the monthly Focus Friday, this Friday, April 26, 2013.  The event will take place at 8:30 to 10 am in the Randy Marion Board Room located at 19900 West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.  Focus Friday is sponsored by and


Senator Tarte is expected to touch on issues ranging from I-77 widening to tax reform.  Tarte will also speak on a local bill he recently introduced to give the lake municipalities jurisdiction to enforce ordinances on Lake Norman.  Senator Tarte who is serving his first term in the Senate is a Cornelius resident and former Cornelius Mayor (Serving three terms).  He is Vice Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee and a member of six other committees including Commerce and Finance.


Bill Russell, president of the 950-member chamber, stated the business organization looked forward to hosting the Senator, providing local businesses an opportunity to engage in dialogue on a variety of business and community issues.  “Specifically Gov. McCrory recently announced a new plan for prioritizing and paying for transportation projects. The “strategic mobility formula” would select projects based on objective data and local input.  We would like to hear Senator Tarte’s perspective on that program as well as tax reform which would include SB394-Lower Tax Rates for a Stronger NC Economy and SB363-Business Tax Reductions & Reforms.”  Russell cited both bills were recently a point of discussion at the Chamber’s recent Board of Directors meetings.


While the meeting is intended for Lake Norman Chamber members, it is open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to RSVP with the Chamber at 704-892-1922.  For more information about this event or the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce visit

National economist to speak at Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Thursday, April 18 noon at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville

Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist at Wells Fargo

Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist at Wells Fargo

Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will provide an in-depth analysis of the United States economy in terms of  the current regional market and national economy when he presents: “Finally, We Have a Real Recovery.”  Vitner will discuss recent economic developments including sequestration, the budget, as well as fiscal and monetary policy. Mark will also share his insights into the current and future economic condition of North Carolina and the greater Charlotte region.

The luncheon will be held at Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive in Huntersville Thursday, April 18th at noon.  The cost is $16 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  RSVP to the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.  Chamber members can also register online.  The luncheon is sponsored by Hyde Park Storage Suites, Bauerle Financial, Inc, and Business Today.

Mark Vitner is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, he also writes for the company’s Monthly Economic Outlook report, the Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary, and provides regular updates on the housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies, and inflation..

Mark joined Wachovia (then First Union) in 1993.  Before that, he spent nine years as an economist for Barnett Banks in Jacksonville, Fla.

Originally from Atlanta, Mark earned his B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida, and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He also completed the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Advanced Training in Economics program at Carnegie Mellon University.

For more information contact the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at 704-892-1922 or visit