Champions of Diversity Awards Breakfast Tuesday, April 18th at Birkdale
RSVP today for the Second Annual “Champions of Diversity” breakfast, hosted by the Chamber’s Diversity Council, April 18 at Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville. The Diversity Council is part of the Chamber’s efforts to better reflect the local business community. Their mission is to support the diverse minority business community in the greater Lake Norman area and create access through education, networking, and advancement opportunities.
The Champions of Diversity Awards include an individual Lifetime Achievement Award as well as recognition in the small and large business category. Nominations for the business awards emphasize a proven support of diversity through work practices, services, hiring policies and support within the community. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has influenced, motivated and enabled others to promote a diverse community. To register for the breakfast register online at the calendar section of the Chamber website, www.lakenormanchamber.org, or contact Jack Stevens, Member Services, at 704-892-1922.
Chamber looking into Mecklenburg County Commercial Property Revaluations Subject of this month’s Focus Friday – Friday, April 27 8:00 am
A Chamber Committee, Chaired by 2009 Chamber Chairman John Hettwer, is collecting data on Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg commercial parcels in which property owners feel they have been over appraised by the county. The Chamber Board heard from several property owners who expressed concern that their buildings and land values were extremely inflated. Past Chairman Hettwer spoke about the commercial revaluation both at the Chamber’s recent real estate PowerLuncheon and in a recent edition of the Lake Norman Citizen.
A big concern for the Chamber of Commerce is that property tax increases will be passed on to small business tenants through Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges which could place an extreme hardship on that business. Many of these tenants may not even be aware their respective lease rates will dramatically rise in the coming months. This aspect of the revaluation was reported in last week’s online version of Business Today Rent expenses climbing in wake of revaluations
If you feel your property has been unfairly appraised in excess of a fair market rate, please email Bill Russell at Russell@lakenorman.org and a member of the Chamber’s committee will be in touch with you.
While the Chamber has expressed support for a local effort on residential properties led by Jim Bensman, Bob Deaton and others with the Flawed Revaluation group, our efforts will focus primarily on commercial properties. The revaluation is the subject of this Month’s Focus Friday: Friday, April 27 at 8:00 am sponsored by DavidsonNews.net.
Public Workshop Planned for Widening of I-77
The Lake Norman Transportation Commission, a joint agency of the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville along with representatives of the Mooresville – South Iredell and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce, encourages business owners to provide comment on the proposed revision to the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2012-2012 Transportation Improvement Plans. The public can see project details and comment at the Huntersville Town Hall on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm. There are improvements to I-485 as well as I-77 HOT and HOV lanes.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Narrows Superintendent Search to Three
It was a real honor this week to serve as a panelist which asked questions of the three finalists for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District Superintendent position. Ann Clark, Heath Morrison, and Kriner Cash are all articulate and capable administrators and I left the Government Center inspired, motivated, and excited hearing their comments and sharing their vision of CMS. Ultimately our next superintendent will not only have to be an excellent administrator who raises the bar further in what we can achieve as a district – they must carry out the policy directives of the board and be an excellent communicator.
Effective communication with our stakeholder groups is critical – the most important of which are the students themselves. However, it also includes the parents, residents, non-profits, and the business community who will ultimately cultivate and select those students as future employees. The students will in turn one day work at, manage, and own businesses as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Education is the foundation of our economic and business development and we have much at stake in the selection of the next leader of our public school system.
My biggest take away of the day however was the perception from those on the outside of Charlotte Mecklenburg who regard CMS as one of the better School Districts in the nation. I think we are quick to be our biggest critic, loudly citing our own short comings and not doing a good job at all of discussing those things we do well – our success stories – and there are quite a few to cite.
Joseph Addison once said, “I consider the human soul without education like marble in a quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties until the skill of the polisher fetches out the colors and makes the surface shine.”
We as business and community leaders must work hand in hand with our parents, educators, and elected officials if we are to properly polish that marble. It requires all of us to work hard, work smart, and work together such that the rest of the nation continues to recognize CMS as the best of the best.
Mark your calendar!
Don’t miss next week’s networking opportunities beginning with Tuesday’s (April 17) Business BeforeHours at The Pines in Davidson 8-9:30 am; a reception Tuesday night for our Business Expo Sponsors only at the Lake Norman Visitors Center; the Champions of Diversity Breakfast Wednesday morning at Birkdale Golf Course in Huntersville; a ribbon cutting at Carolinas Office Systems Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm in Huntersville; the Business AfterHours Thursday, April 19 at Travis Pointe Water Front Event & Vacations in Mooresville; and the Rural Hill Scottish Games April 20-22.
There’s a great deal going on at the Chamber and the Lake Norman region. Join us!
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