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January 2016 Published monthly Business Intelligence for the Golden Crescent: Lake Norman • Cabarrus • University City


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Craft brewing has come to Concord

Cabarrus News

By Marty Price The craft beer industry, with breweries large and small operating in most of the major cities across the nation, has started another trend. Smaller towns and municipalities are changing their zoning

laws to encourage them. Concord became one of the most recent when they made a text amendment to their Unified Development Ordinance last June to allow breweries to operate tap rooms on the premises. This allowed High

By Erica Batten A giant cable TV battle is playing out right in our own backyard as Mooresvillebased MI-Connection, like dozens of locally-owned providers nationwide, negoti-

ates with AMC Networks for renewal of their network carriage agreement. Small cable companies are cr ying foul when it comes to proposed fees, saying AMC Networks, which includes

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AMC, WE-TV and the Independent Film Channel, is taking advantage of the zombie craze surrounding its most popular show, “The Walking Dead,” hiking fees by 200 percent or more. While rate increases are expected, the normal hike is between 1 and 8 percent, said Ellen Baker, director of marketing and public relations at MI-Connection. They are restricted from talking about specific rates, but MI-Connection says AMCN is demanding

By Dave Yochum ANALYSIS. A groundswell of public opinion culminating in a $9,600 anti-toll advertisement in the Charlotte Observer, is pitting Lake Norman business and political leadership against forces in Charlotte. “Our elected leadership in Charlotte still holds the trump cards in a high stakes game which has dire consequences for the quality of life and commerce at the lake for the next 50 years,” says Bill Russell, CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. “It is no game, however. This nightmare is for real and the stakes are the legacy we leave for the generations to come.” The issue, of course, is using tolls levied by what amounts to a private Spanish company to pay for new lanes on I-77 that can only be used

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Zombie craze could bite into cable

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Branch Brewing Co. to be the first to pour a Concord craftbrewed beer, for sale in a tap room, on Nov. 20. Concord Mayor Scott Padgett felt the time was right. “It fits perfectly with the way

185 Shelbourne Place in Mooresville for $2,660,000

RECORDS Transactions Cabarrus 16 Mecklenburg 18 Mooresville 18 Foreclosures Cabarrus 19

Mecklenburg 19 Mooresville 20 Corporations Cabarrus 20 Mecklenburg 21 Mooresville 22



Sen. Jeff Tarte and Rep. John Bradford provide insight from the Capitol in 2016 Page 3

Brew master and part owner Jason McKnight works on the tanks that will be moved into Cabarrus Brewing


Legislative Outlook

I-77 fight fueled by business

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The Cabarrus Chamber plans to dive into 2016 with a new plan Page 2

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Changing business

Profile for Business Today/Cornelius Today

Business Today - January 2016  

Business Today - January 2016