Lake Norman Chamber to focus on Langtree at the Lake

Steve Welly

Langtree at the Lake will be the subject this Friday of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Focus Friday business briefing at the Chamber located at 19900 W Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.  The program will be held Friday, Oct 26th 8-9:30 a.m.  Steve Welly, the President and Chief Operating Officer of RL West and Langtree Development will give an overview of the project.  Approximately 47,000 square feet of retail space is being built in the southwest quadrant of the I-77/Langtree Road interchange, bordering on the lake. Four of the first seven buildings to be constructed are currently under construction.

The project was the recent subject of a special “Newsmakers” breakfast in Cornelius two weeks ago when the developers unveiled plans to build an “EthoSphere,” a 14-story, 306,000 square foot building. According to Business Today, “The EthoSphere will be one of the tallest buildings in the area – the Hilton at University Place has only 12 stories—and will brand Langtree at the Lake as the “Gateway to Iredell,” a phrase the backers of the 400-acre Langtree project have used to describe Langtree.”

Joining Welly is Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins who will share how the project will impact Mooresville and change the dynamics of that lake community.  Jerry Broadway, Executive Director of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation will also speak to the regional economic impact of Langtree at the Lake on Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville and add an additional resource when regional EDCs market the lake to primary job creators and corporations.

Welly started his real estate career in Toledo, OH in 1983 in the brokerage business and soon became the head of a regional brokerage firm/investment sales department. In December of 1999 he became President and COO of Rudolph/Libbe Properties.  Rudolph/Libbe Properties merged with Park West Development in April 2009 and RL West Properties was formed, with Steve serving as President and COO of the new firm.   He has developed real estate throughout the Midwest as well as North and South Carolina. RL West is based in Sylvania, Ohio with an office in Mooresville, NC.

The Lake Norman Chamber’s Focus Friday is a program for Chamber members and their guest and is sponsored by  Breakfast is provided by Earth Fare of Huntersville.  For more information, contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922.


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Chamber to recognize Regional Public Safety Officers – Thursday, October 18th

The Lake Norman Chamber will host the seventh annual salute to North Mecklenburg Public Safety officers and volunteers at a special luncheon Thursday, October 18th at the River Run Country Club in Davidson.  The event presented by Wells Fargo Bank is sponsored by CPCC – Merancas Campus, The Herald Weekly Newspaper, and Crime Stoppers.  An officer from the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville will be honored as well as members of the North Meck Rescue, the local fire departments, and Crime Stoppers.

In addition to honoring the officers, our Guest Speaker will be Kathryn Fermin-Sellers, PhD, Region Director of United Family Services, who will give an update on the work being done by the UFS victim advocate in her first year and how that relates to our local town’s ongoing efforts to bring a magistrate to the Lake Norman region.

Registration is $16 for Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for non-members.  Register online or call the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

Chamber makes plans for 2013 Business Expo – First Committee Meeting this Wednesday 3 pm

The Charlotte region’s largest business trade show is set to make its return to the Davidson College Belk Arena on Friday, March 8, 2013.  Regularly attended by approximately 2,500 people, the event has established itself as a great opportunity for local business to showcase their goods and services

This year’s event will be chaired by Sharon Simpson, Lynn Marshall, and Bill Russell but we are looking for volunteers who want to help plan and assist with the event.  If you have ideas on how to improve our Expo or just want to help on the event, email Bill Russell at  The first committee meeting will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 3 pm at the Chamber (Second Floor Board Room).

Focus Friday: Friday, October 26, 2012  – Focus on: “Langtree at the Lake – The Regional Reaction”

Join us Friday, October 26th at 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. for our Focus Friday which examines how Langtree at the Lake is expected to impact not only Mooresville and the Lake Norman region. The $2 billion Langtree at the Lake community, which held a recent formal groundbreaking a few weeks ago, has named 14 restaurants and other businesses that plan to locate in the massive, mixed-use development under construction off Interstate 77 in southern Iredell County (exit 31).  Steve Welly, president of Ohio-based RL West Properties, the majority owner of Langtree, will give an overview of the project.  Joining Welly will be Town of Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins as well as the Lake Norman Regional EDC Chairman Mike Griffin.  The Focus Friday is open to all members and participation by those who attend is encouraged. Focus Friday is sponsored by and 

For what its worth – The Fiscal Cliff

Thursday, I attended an informative Economic Forecast breakfast hosted by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce featuring Stuart Hoffman, Chief Economist for PNC Financial Services Group.  Hoffman gave an overview of a survey conducted which spoke to both the U.S. Business Owners Outlook for sales and that of North Carolina Business Owners as the November elections approach (Reports linked).

While Stuart spoke of the 2% growth our economy is enjoying at the moment, not robust but not flat, he added much of it was fueled by home and auto sales.  It mirrors closely what we are seeing at the lake.  I have had opportunities in the last two weeks to meet with agents from both Keller Williams and Allen Tate and both local agencies report strong sales and what appears to be a return to a “seller’s market.”

Automotive leaders Jack Salzman and Randy Marion also see strong sales with both the  auto and truck divisions.  That is welcome news as both real estate and automotive sales are key to our overall economic vitality.

What was concerning though was something else Hoffman cited. He told the assembled business leaders, “If you kick the can down the road long enough, sooner or later, you come to the end of the road.”  Specifically, $600 billion in tax cuts are set to expire January 1, 2013, and if members of congress do not come together we could be reaching a fiscal cliff. 

We raised that issue at the Chamber’s candidate forum at Davidson College with Jennifer Roberts and Curtis Campbell, both candidates for the U.S. House District #9 seat.  The candidates were asked what  cuts did they see as necessary to continue and what would they allow to expire? It was no easy question and not one you could address in two minutes which is the time we allotted.

Later that evening I watched the tail end of the Vice Presidential debate and it was still obvious our elected national leadership are miles apart on the solution  Hoffman reminded us all the words of the great statesman Winston Churchill who said, “You Americans will always do the right thing…After you have exhausted all the alternatives.”

After four years of debate and kicking the can down the road on tax cuts, business regulations, and healthcare – we have exhausted all the alternatives.  It’s beyond time for partisanship and politics – we stand at a precipice – and in our own hands lies the fate of a failed promise or a grand democracy.  It’s really that simple.