Lake Norman Chamber President’s e-Brief for July 20, 2102


Bill Russell, President & CEO Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

Focus Friday examines Huntersville Bond Package July 27th

Join us next Friday, July 27th at 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. for the Chamber Focus Friday which examines the $29.5 million bond referendum on the ballot in November for Huntersville voters. The bonds would appear as three separate items on the November ballot. The first and largest is $17.35 million of bonds for transportation projects. Assistant Town Manager Gerry Vincent and Finance Director Janet Stoner will speak to the specifics of the package with Huntersville Commissioner Charlie Jeter speaking in support of the bonds. The Focus Friday is open to all members and participation by those who attend is encouraged.  Focus Friday is sponsored by and


Leadership Lake Norman now accepting applications

The Chamber is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Leadership Lake Norman program.  Now entering its 16th year, 287 business leaders have graduated from the program which examines the quality of life, history, governance, business and commerce, and infrastructure of the Lake Norman region.  Whether you are new to the area, a native of North Mecklenburg, a young employee, or a seasoned business professional – The Leadership Lake Norman program gives you a unique look into our community and region. Tuition for Chamber members is $425.  Individuals or small businesses absorbing the cost can contact the Chamber for payment options.  All applications must be received by August 24th.  Visit the Leadership Lake Norman page on the website for more information and the application.

Revaluation reviewers plan public meetings

Pearson’s Appraisal Service, Inc., the firm selected by Mecklenburg county to conduct a review of the 2011 Revaluation, plans public meetings to receive feedback from citizens. Five meetings have been scheduled.  Locally, a meeting will be held Tuesday, July 31, 7-9 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.  The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners in May voted in favor of an independent review of the county’s 2011 property revaluation, after months of back-and-forth with county officials and complaints from citizen-led community groups and town leaders who believe the county violated state statutes and made assessment errors during the 2011 revaluation.

HFFA Needs volunteers for the AAU Diving National Championships

Visit Lake Norman is proud to announce that divers from across the US will be coming to Huntersville to compete for their chance at a National Championship at HFFA from July 25th to July 30th, 2012.  HFFA needs your help in making these National Championships one to remember for these hard-working athletes.  Hospitality workers, scoring table assistants, ticket takers and parking attendants and others are needed to help the event run smoothly.  When you volunteer, you receive an event T-Shirt and general admission tickets to the event(s) of your choice. Earn HFFA Membership CREDIT when you Volunteer.For more information on volunteering for this event email their AAU Volunteer Coordinator Teresa Bock at and sign-up online HERE.

Can’t Volunteer?  Join as a spectator.  Tickets are available online at   Simply click on the AAU logo to purchase your tickets.  Limited VIP seating is available.  Buy your tickets early. 

Final Thoughts

At the Chamber’s Education PowerLuncheon featuring new CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath

Adam Boatsman, Boatsman Gillmore, PLLC

Morrison, Chamber Board Member Adam Boatsman gave his time as a sponsor (Boatsman Gillmore PLLC) to Georgia Harris, Executive Director of the Ada Jenkins Center.  Georgia talked about the Ada LEARN Works program.  When Georgia stated the program needed business support in the form of contributions, Adam stated his CPA firm of Boatsman Gillmore PLLC would match whatever the room raised. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, also in attendance, asked how much was needed and made the first $1,000 pledge himself. In minutes, $8,000 was raised for LEARN Works.

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 21st), Big Day at the Lake 8 will allow 144 kids from largely single parent families with Big Brothers / Big Sisters to enjoy Lake Norman.  What started as a dream for Business Today founder and publisher Dave Yochum has become a lifetime memory that many Charlotte regional kids will never forget: an afternoon on the Carolina’s greatest lake – LakeNorman.  In the process, local businesses and individuals have contributed $62,000 blowing away this year’s goal of $50,000   

Just last month, our Chamber of Commerce raised $71,500 for a new Habitat home for a single mother and her two kids.  Every day I see the generosity of local business owners and citizens as they turn dreams into reality.  Allowing words to speak boldly of their intentions and actions to speak louder than the words.

When companies like MSC decide this is the new home for their operations, I’m sure it is influenced in part by the outstanding workforce we have in place and the ideal transportation corridor to move their product.  However, it is also because the Lake Norman and Charlotte region is home to business leaders who step up to the plate for those who need a helping hand, elected officials who understand leadership is taking a bold stand and setting the example, and a people who settle for nothing less than their very best.