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Last night, the Centralina Council of Governments recognized the Town of Huntersville with a Region of Excellence Award for its 2014 Strategic Economic Development Plan.

Specifically, the Town was recognized in the category of "Growing the Economy" as this is vitally important to the health of the region. To achieve a strong diverse economy, we need to ensure economic growth occurs in areas where people live throughout the region.

Consultant RKG Associates developed the plan in coordination with town staff with input from the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation. Per the consultants:

“The Town is to be commended on its economic development efforts to date through an active business retention and expansion program, managed by the combined efforts of the Town of Huntersville and the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation (LNREDC). Therefore, the main objective of the SEDP is to build upon previous efforts by the Town and LNREDC to provide a vision and action plan to guide economic development activity in Huntersville over the next 15 years.”

Previous economic development studies led to the Town of Huntersville forming a joint economic development corporation with Cornelius and Davidson and rezoning over 1,000 acres for corporate business. This plan will be no different as actions are already underway to meet the goals of the plan. Efforts are currently underway in the areas of: downtown revitalization; managing and maximizing real estate assets for development, such as the recent announcement by Burkert and other development already underway along Mount Holly-Huntersville Road; infrastructure improvements downtown and throughout other areas of town in the coming years; and continuously reviewing our planning processes to remove hurdles for potential economic development projects.

The full Strategic Economic Development Plan can be viewed online on our Planning Department's website.
Assistant to the Manager Bobby Williams accepted the award at a ceremony in Matthews during Centralina COG’s May Board of Delegates meeting on behalf of the town.

The Centralina Council of Governments recognizes local governments each year in categories of Controlling the Cost of Local Government, Growing the Economy and Improving Quality of Life. Judges looked specifically for applications that showed innovation and creativity, commitment to goals, contributions to regionalism, engagement of community members, interaction with public and private partners and program success and sustainable benefits.

 

Pictured: Statesville Mayor Pro Tem and CCOG Chairman Michael Johnson, Huntersville Commissioner and CCOG Vice Chairwoman Sarah McAulay, Huntersville Assistant to the Manager Bobby Williams and Huntersville Planning Technician Caroline Sawyer.

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