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Complimentary January 2013

Living the Good Life

Learning for Fun. Learning for Life. IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2013







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Welcome to the January issue. Did you overindulge a bit on your favorite foods during the holidays? The new year is a great time to start that diet to try to get rid of those few extra, stubborn pounds. Many health clubs and some Ys are offering reduced rates for new members to join in January. I wish these facilities offered a fall/winter membership from October through March. I need something to do indoors during this time period, but prefer to walk and exercise outside during the spring and summer months.

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January 2013

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January 2013 8 • Dare To Dream! 12 • The Goddard School For Early Childhood Development– Learning For Fun. Learning For Life. 16 • New Year's Resolutions And Reversals 18 • Sweet Grass: Perfect Gifts For All Occasions 20 • New Year's Resolutions For Your Home 23 • Bless The Lives Of Others– Donate Your Clutter 25 • What’s Cooking?! Crock Pot Beef Burgundy 26 •

A Word From The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber: We Have The Power To Make A Difference

28 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber:

We Are In The Throes Of Recovery

30 • Iredell Resources





Dare To Dream!

By Kathy Wheeler

Happy New Year! Now is the time to set your goals for 2013, but first you need to sit down and dream as if you had just won the lottery. So many people go through life meeting one obligation after another and never stop to think what they really want out of life.

Give yourself permission to dream. Children are great dreamers. They haven't been tainted by the hardships of life. They believe all things are possible. They place no limits on their dreams, but then they grow up, life happens, and they/we stop dreaming. How sad that we let life happen, instead of creating the life we truly want to live. I believe that we forget how to dream. How can you create your future unless you know where you want to go? Before you set your goals for 2013, think about the end result. Dream about how you want your life to be. Do you picture yourself in a larger home? Or would you like to own your own business? What about more vacations 8


or more time for yourself or with your family? Maybe you would like a new career or to live a healthier lifestyle. You may be saying, “I don’t have the money, resources, time or the skills to do what I want to do.” This is the perfect time to stop saying that or even thinking it! It doesn’t cost a dime to dream. Once you know where you are going, you will find a way to get there. You don’t have to have all the answers. What you don’t know, someone else does. You just have to be mindful of what you want, focus on it daily, and act when the opportunity presents itself to move toward that goal. Once your goal is set firmly in your mind, you will attract the people you need to make it happen.

Don’t focus on your problems! Focusing on the problems in your life only brings you more problems. Instead, focus on what you want your life to be. Don’t concentrate on debt, concentrate on making more money. Don’t concentrate on being overweight, concentrate on getting fit. Don’t dwell on the negative, but rather work toward

the positive. By dwelling on the negative, you will only beat yourself up over bad decisions made in the past. Being consumed with negativity will hinder you from recognizing good ideas and opportunities. You will discard them before even considering the possibilities. Instead, be grateful for where you are and what you have while working toward your goals and dreams. It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So if what you have done in the past hasn’t worked, then maybe it is time to change your approach. Maybe it is time to believe that you can achieve the life you have always wanted to live. You certainly won’t get it if you can’t imagine it. Whether you believe you will never have what you want, or believe that you can have it all…either way you are right! Grant yourself time every day to be grateful, to plan your life, to explore possibilities, and give yourself permission to dream.







cover story


Photos: On the cover and pictured, left–Barbra and Gordon Bryan, owners of The Goddard School in Mooresville, believe the most genuine learning for children occurs through play and fun activities. Above–Ms. Barbra and Mr. Gordon drop in for lunch in Ms. Ritz’s Transitional Kindergarten class.

Learning for Fun. Learning for Life. By Kristie Darling

“Our son came to life ever since we enrolled him at The Goddard School,” parents of one little boy told Barbra and Gordon Bryan, the onsite owners at the preschool in Mooresville. Barbra routinely asks parents for their comments and concerns, and more often than not she receives comments like this: “The teach12


ers are highly qualified and offer a loving, fun learning experience for every child.” “It’s a unique approach to learning; a happy, inviting, nurturing environment.” “…exposure to science, language, mathematics in a handson and fun way for the children.” “My child learns so much better because he gets the

attention he needs.” “They really care for our child and our family.” All parents would be thrilled to honestly make these comments about their children’s preschool education, but that isn’t always the case. At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are exposed to this unique approach to learning, and it makes a big difference in their readiness for kindergarten and first grade. “I want parents to understand that we are educators of young children,” Barbra explained. “We’re many steps beyond day care. Our approach to early childhood education is based in an enriching, fun curriculum that is geared to each child’s age and capacity. Partner this with caring teachers, fun, engaging activities and lessons, and a stimulating environment, and we find children really do develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime,” Barbra shared. “I am so impressed with The Goddard School’s dedicated philosophy to helping young children develop their own natural curiosity and creativity. It’s the best approach to learning.”

CURRICULUM THAT APPEALS Teachers at The Goddard School develop play-centered, theme-based lesson plans that make learning fun. Planting a garden and harvesting the vegetables can become the basis of learning where food comes from, how much rain we get, how to use a ruler to measure growth, understanding seasons and temperature. The list of teachable moments goes on and on. “We grew eight-foot-tall sunflowers last summer,” Barbra recalled, “and the children harvested, roasted and enjoyed snacking on the seeds. It’s all handson, and it brings out a child’s curiosity and interest.” The theme approach (January’s theme is Winter Wonderland) is threaded through many subjects and topics–science, math, history, art, music, fitness, phonics and reading–and through all ages. Even the littlest ones in the nursery enjoy being read to and sung to and playing with their teachers and other little children. Toddlers are naturally primed for learning, and whether it’s beginning potty training or climbing, singing, dancing, running and jumping, energy is focused on engaging their curiosity and developing new self-help skills. When children reach preschool age, lessons are expanded and kindergarten readiness becomes key. Age-appropriate activities and learning centers keep children active and interested. Teachers work with the children individually and in small groups to encourage discovery, collaboration and cooperative learning. “We work every day to ensure that our children are well-prepared for school and for life,” Barbra said. “Parents choose The

Photos, top to bottom: Ms. Whitney and friends explore patterns and sizes. Ms. Sharon and Miss Cynthia use wooden instruments to lead their toddlers in a fun dance routine. It’s Circle Time with Ms. Teresa and Ms. Samantha in the Get Set classroom. IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2013


Goddard School because they understand that our learning through play philosophy–encouraging cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth and development–has a powerful impact on future learning. It’s amazing what children can learn.”


Photos: Top–Ms. Cindy rocks a little one to sleep.

Above–Technology enhances the learning that happens in Miss Ritz’s computer lab.



“Our highly trained, talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners,” Barbra told me. “All of our lesson plans are based on accepted research that promotes genuine learning through fun and play, and our teachers receive continual professional development and training in current learning trends. At the same time, our teachers’ daily one-on-one interaction and observation of the children allow individual focus and guidance for each child. Our teachers are attentive and creative–we don’t do cookie-cutter lessons.” This child-centered approach makes The Goddard School very appealing to parents. It is what appealed to Barbra and Gordon when they decided to make a change in their careers. Barbra’s very successful career in marketing and sales with several Fortune 200 companies, and Gordon’s experience in communication and computer technology, as well as his artistic passion as a potter, have prepared them well for leadership at The Goddard School. “It’s a phenomenal franchise,” Barbra explained. “When I read about The Goddard School in the Wall Street Journal, it resonated with me. I’d been researching preschools for our grandchildren, and I knew I’d found the right place.” Barbra and Gordon moved from Chicago and purchased The Goddard School, located in Mooresville, in 2008. “We knew this

was the right move at the right time,” Gordon added.

A TYPICAL DAY Children begin arriving just before 7am, and can choose to spend time in several interest centers–art, play, computers–and at 9am, they begin the business of preschool. During January’s Winter Wonderland focus, they might learn why polar bears hibernate, where snow comes from or how the seasons change. Teachers can engage the children using the Promethean ActivBoard–a large interactive whiteboard where children can touch, see, listen and learn. “Technology and computers don’t take the place of teaching–they are a wonderful complimentary learning tool,” Barbra explained as we watched a kindergarten class work together to find matching words, each child reading the words as they jumped up to make a selection. Lessons might include play-based Counting Bears, Building Language for Learning, Big Book Science, Everyday Math, Cozy Corner Literacy for Toddlers, International Sign Language for infants and toddlers, Manners, Art and Music, Yoga, Spanish as a Second Language and even Mandarin Chinese. Every class engages children in happy learning! Classrooms are sunny, colorful and exciting during the day, restful and quiet during nap time. Daily outdoor play and exciting playground equipment keep children running and jumping the way they love to be. In the nursery, comfy cribs, brightly colored rugs, and plenty of interactive baby toys give even the littlest ones plenty to do. A private rocking chair for nursing moms overlooks the activities. As children grow, the classrooms grow to

Photos: Top–Ms. Whitney leads in the playground parade. Middle–In Goddard's Private Kindergarten, Ms. Janis helps Alya find sight words on the Promethean Board. Bottom–Ms. Lindsey gives an extra push on the scooter carts. meet their needs with learning opportunities throughout. Children have individual cubbies, tables for individual or group activities, and plenty of space to move about. As onsite owners, Barbra and Gordon make certain children are comfortable, safe, and happy. “Gordon is my support system, my rock,” Barbra said with a smile. “We work together really well. He makes sure everything works smoothly and easily–the children and teachers all love Mr. Gordon. We both believe we’re really making a difference.” There is so much to discover about The Goddard School. Visit the website,, where you can read each teacher’s bio, delve deeper into the curriculum and programs that are offered, and get answers to your questions. Better yet, call Barbra and make an appointment to visit. She will show you around, introduce you to her dedicated faculty, and help you decide if your children would benefit from days of fun learning and an exceptional preschool education. We all want to give our children everything they need, especially when they are young and so ready to learn. There’s nothing more valuable than a strong beginning and a head start in life.

179 Town Square Circle Mooresville, NC 704.663.5006 IREDELL LIVING • JANUARY 2013


NEW YEAR'S Resolutions and Reversals

James D. Williams You know what they say about a New Year’s resolution? It goes in one year and out the other. I was reflecting the other day about something Oprah Winfrey said, “Cheers to a new year, and another chance to get it right.”

Sometimes it is almost like a revolution within ourselves to try to make a change. I think I’ll have a little revolution and try reversing a few things this year.

face those inside the elevator and smile. I wonder how they’ll react. I wonder if they’ll call the man in the white coat.

Ben Franklin once said, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” I have tried being twice the man, but it forced me to buy new clothing. So the first of my resolutions this year is to watch what I eat. Trouble is, I mostly watch it from the package, to the table, to my mouth. Just this last holiday season, I stressed about what I was eating between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I think I am going to reverse that and worry about what I eat between New Years and Thanksgiving and call it a resolution.

dictionary, phone book, and encyclopedia to remember how we used to get information before the Internet. Does anyone remember the City Directory? Maybe I’ll even watch a black and white movie to see how the world looked before color was invented. Maybe I’ll show my son and daughter how to use a real typewriter–the kind we used to use before so many

I resolve to celebrate success not only for myself, but also for those around me. Successful people smile a lot. In this resolution, I’ll also smile at random people I meet on the street. Maybe when I have the occasion to be in an elevator in downtown Charlotte, I won’t face the door. I think I’ll turn and 16


This year, I resolve to return to the basics. I’ll use the

new words were invented. Maybe

for kicks I’ll plug in the old rotary phone and hide my kids’ cell phones. Then I’ll ask them to call in a pizza delivery. I resolve to start my own economic stimulus package this year. It can’t be any worse than the one the government has tried. I plan to begin the stimulus on my birthday this year. Since no one remembers when it really is or how young I really am, I’ll buy other people gifts and give them on my birthday. Then I’ll step back and smile. I think

the world would be a much happier place if this were a common practice. I think I’ll begin with ice cream from Mooresville Ice Cream Company. Who doesn’t smile when they get free ice cream? Now, as I sit down to reflect upon my resolutions for the coming new year, I hope it’s not a chance for a new start of old habits. This last year has been very stressful–politics, the economy, the phone ringing at all hours so pollsters can ask about politics and the economy, relationships, daughter discovering boys, son driving off to college–all combining in some devious way to make me more stressed. So I have been thinking about the word “stressed” and how to turn it all around. I’ve come to the conclusion that “stressed” literally turned around spells “desserts.” Now, I resolve to go see a man in a white coat to get help with my stressed situation. His name is Eric and his practice is on Main Street in Mooresville. He knows how to reverse “stressed.” His cheesecake prescription always makes me feel better and brings things back into focus. Oops, there went my first resolution.




Perfect Gifts for All Occasions Article by Meredith Collins • Photos by Shane Greene Photography


t Sweet Grass in Mooresville a fun and unique shopping experience awaits you. Sweet Grass has a variety of items to create an inviting feel for your home, a new outfit for your wardrobe, or a special gift for someone you love. When you purchase a gift at Sweet Grass, a personal touch is added with tissue and ribbon in one of their signature gift bags. As a local business owner of five years, Michelle Harris encourages the community to shop locally year round. As she buys for Sweet Grass, she chooses items with her customers in mind. “It’s the personal touch we can provide as a local business,” Michelle said. “We also aim for a variety of options at all different price ranges, something for everyone.” Sweet Grass has many popular lines, such as John Wind Maximal Art, Aspen Bay Candles, Votivo, Lenny & Eva, Waxing Insignia, Good Works, The Southern Soap Company, Ella B Candles, Uncommon Wares, Jonathan Adler, Mrs. W’s Treats, Bella Cucina Artful Food, Fritts Creative Word Plaques, seasonal items and much more. Sweet Grass offers locally made jewelry, artwork, candles, food treats and monogramming with vinyl or embroidery to create that special, personal touch. The popularity of Sweet Grass workshops continues to increase. A creative item is selected through customer requests or from popular websites such as Pinterest. Would-be artists sign up and come into the store to make their items. The store’s Facebook 18


Michelle Harris discussing personalization with customer Jill Tweedy. Reclaimed wood, tin letter "M" and other unique finds at Sweet Grass

page details upcoming workshops. (www. Now that Christmas is behind us, keep Sweet Grass in mind as your all-occasion store. Gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or babies fill the store. When you are looking for a unique gift that’s sure to bring a smile, visit Sweet Grass and browse their vast selection.

287 Williamson Road, Suite A Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-5878 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest (sweetgrasshome)

Pictured– Michelle and Sweet Grass Store Manager Ashley McManus.

Right–John Wind Maximal Art Jewelry Far right–Lenny and Eva Purveyors of Salvaged Sentiments Jewelry




For Your Home By Meredith Price

When I think about the New Year, I think of renewal and starting over. While you are making resolutions for yourself, consider what you can do to renew your home. When you feel good about your environment, it reflects upon your overall feelings about yourself. Your home is something you want to feel proud of. It doesn’t matter how large or how small it is, there are some simple things you can do to make your house feel like a home.

Look at your front door. Is your home inviting? A realtor will always tell you that the first impression of your home is very important. Sometimes just a little paint, stain, or Windex can make all the difference in the world. Throw out the old doormat and invest a few dollars in a new one. Remove any weeds or sad flowers.

Declutter, purge, donate, clean. We all have too much stuff! Use the same principle you use when cleaning out your closet. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, you need to get rid of it. Let your home breathe! Try moving the furniture out of a room, and then bring items back in one at a time. You might find that the room looks so much better and larger with half the stuff. At the same time, throw out or donate old magazines, books, unimportant papers, and tired flower arrangements. While you are decluttering, wash those windows. It is surprising how it feels like your home can breathe with sparkling windows.



Paint. Paint is the least expensive decorating tool you can use. Are your current colors or scuff-marked walls dating your home? Many paint stores run specials after the first of the year, so stock up. You often spend more time in your home during the winter months, and you will notice the dated colors and dirty walls. Start with one room, change the color, and see the difference it makes. Speaking of color, try subtle, cohesive colors to give your home the feeling of a relaxed flow. Make a plan. Most people can’t redecorate their entire home at one time. Ask a friend or a professional decorator or designer for their opinion on what you can do to freshen up your home. Many professionals will come out to your home for an hour consultation fee, look at your home with a new eye and come up with suggestions for improvements. Money spent up front for help and advice can save hundreds of dollars down the road. Start your plan by focusing on one room. Which room in your home bothers you the most or needs the most help? Now you have some ideas to get started. You are only a few days away from having a warm, comfortable, inviting home that you are proud to share with others or just cozy up in all by yourself.

Meredith Price is an interior designer with Bumblebee Interiors in Hickory.





Bless The Lives Of Others–

Donate Your Clutter By April Dellinger

With the holiday season coming to a

close, many families feel the burden of newfound Christmas abundance. Once vibrant and new toys, clothes, electronics, etc. are pushed aside to make room for the latest exciting gifts. All of the abandoned clutter leaves everyone pondering the question, “What do we do with all this extra stuff?” There are the obvious answers, such as take everything to Goodwill or Salvation Army, but what about local children’s homes and shelters? Unlike larger corporations, local homes and shelters can provide donors a more hands-on experience to bless the lives of others. When you visit locations where your donations will be used, you can see exactly how your old items will aid in rebuilding the lives of others. Likewise, children who visit and give to local nonprofit organizations learn the huge importance of gratitude for all they received during Christmas, possibly an especially crucial gift to parents during current economic times. Iredell County has several shelters in dire need of clothing, working appliances and electronics, toys for children, and even those leftover, unopened cans of food that are now collecting dust in the pantry from the holiday season. Engage your children in personally visiting local shelters, such as Fifth Street Ministries,

and giving their unwanted possessions to those who go without. Knowing that they are making an impact upon the lives of others may encourage them to consider other opportunities to share their unused items with those in need. The Children’s Homes of Iredell County and Barium Springs accept new, and nearly new, donated items. In order to give to these homes, a phone call is required to set an appointment with donation coordinators. While child donors will not be able to meet with children in these locations due to privacy issues, donation coordinators can provide information that will help them understand how their gifts have touched the lives of other children. • Barium Springs accepts clean, stainfree, rip-free and odor-free clothing for infants to 18-years old. Donation drop-off hours in Statesville are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Barium Springs asks that you call to schedule an appointment: 704-832-2200 ext 207. • Children’s Homes of Iredell County is currently in need of swing sets, push mowers and yard tools, and school supplies. Call 704-871-2289 to speak with administration.

• Fifth Street Ministries relies solely on community donations to clothe, feed, and care for those who require their assistance. Non-perishable food items and fresh fruit and veggies are needed, as well as clothing, blankets, towels, and hygiene products. They are located at 1421 Fifth Street in Statesville. Call 704-872-4045 for directions and more information. • My Sister’s House, a safe haven for battered women and children, is always looking for used cell phones and clothing for women and children. The location is restricted to volunteers alone, but donations can be dropped off at Fifth Street Ministries. • The Boys and Girls Club accepts old CDs, DVDs, and VHS videos for their Performing Arts Center. Contact the office at 704-397-2428. There are many organizations in and around the community that require assistance and can be found using online and community resources. Goods not accepted by local nonprofit shelters and homes are welcomed at Goodwill and Salvation Army drop-off locations. Your donations at any of these community agencies provide critical resources to those in need. IREDELL IREDELLLIVING LIVING• •JANUARY JANUARY2013 2013

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What's Cooking?! Crock Pot Beef Burgundy

Home cooked meals do not have to be hard or time consuming. Crock Pot recipes can many times be put on that morning for a fresh cooked meal that evening.

Beef Burgundy 2 pounds of boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons of oil 1 onion, sliced 8 mushrooms, sliced 4 carrots, peeled and sliced (optional) 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 bay leaves 1 cup Burgundy wine 1/2 cup beef broth


1. Combine the flour, salt and black pepper. 2. Heat oil in a skillet on medium. Coat cubes of beef in the flour mixture and brown in the oil. 3. Combine the beef and remaining ingredients into a Crock Pot and mix. 4. Cover and cook on low for six hours, or on high for three to four hours or until meat is tender.


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We Have The Power To Make A Difference

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce



Photo by Captain Gus


ur founding fathers are held in high esteem as great leaders. Over the generations they have taken on an aura of being above and beyond the average individual. It is easy to assume that only special people undertake special tasks. We tell ourselves we are not one of them and that it takes someone with unique attributes to complete the tasks–someone with extra abilities to make changes important to our community and to this country. There are no special powers needed in order to become a true leader. The most common attributes are accountability, responsibility, and the courage to face challenges ahead. Are our leaders so different from ourselves? In reality they are not. It is the average, ordinary individual who takes it upon himself to be accountable and responsible, who has the power to make great changes for the better. We cannot give ourselves an easy out and say that the abilities are far beyond our reach. Each of us has within our power the capacity to complete extraordinary accomplishments. This January the Chamber and the community join together to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of ordinary men and women. They are husbands, fathers, brothers, wives, mothers, and daughters. These are ordinary individuals who did not choose easy answers, but instead looked for thoughtful solutions that required hard work and had uncertain outcomes. The risk was in the uncertainty, but the long-term gain outweighed any cost.

We celebrate their courage and their success, and we hope to inspire a new group of leaders willing to take a stand. This is easier to do knowing that each of these individuals is a truly human being with faults and flaws like everyone else. But those imperfections did not prevent them from striving toward perfection. If they did nothing more than inspire those around them–their family or coworkers, those who know them and love them–if they only did that much, their attempts at leadership would be an inspiration; they would be seen as successful. No effort at all made toward finding the solution will always lead to failure. Doing nothing to solve a problem is easier than leading a call to action. Teddy Roosevelt tells us, "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." What might each of us do if we were only willing to help? What are you willing to do? The abilities are within each of us.




look forward to the day when the dismal economy of 2008-2011 is behind us, and we lose the mindset that another recession is nipping at our heels. I hope we get to the point with some expediency that we look back to the great dismal economic swamp only to learn from our mistakes. We believe that the prognosticators who suggested recovery will be slow and steady are exactly right. We also believe that, as we spring into 2013, we are in the throes of that recovery. We have tried to track several metrics that denote our economic vitality, and we see the reason for bright expectations looming.

My assumption is that as businesses begin to travel more, their expectation is for a brighter tomorrow. Again using 2007 as a baseline in which over $724,000 was collected in occupancy taxes, travel to Statesville declined markedly (14.5%) in the following years. In the 12-month period ending June of 2012, we have fully recovered the losses experienced in the prior years. The five months ending this past November reflect over a 10% gain over the same period of the preceding year. While we did gain some dividends from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the bulk of the increase is in increased business travel each and every day.

Job Growth

We Are In The Throes Of Recovery

Using 2007 as the baseline (as that was the last of the “good” years), Iredell County lost as many as 6,700 jobs at our low point, nearly 9% of our workforce, in December 2010. Since that time, we have seen slow and steady gains in our employed citizens. In October 2012, we finally recovered our job losses realized during the recession, having gained 7,048 jobs in Iredell County over the last 19 months. Our unemployment rate still hovers at 9.2% but is more indicative of the growing labor pool. The job growth throughout the region has been rather strong, but Iredell County’s job growth is substantially better than our neighboring counties.

Occupancy Tax Collections

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Lodging establishments in Statesville collect a 5% occupancy tax to be used to support the Statesville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Statesville Civic Center. That revenue helps defray the costs of direct municipal support of those organizations. Statesville is much more of a business travel destination.

Home Sales Although data about residential real estate for the area is more difficult to come by, we do receive occasional reports from several local real estate organizations, namely Bill Balatow (Allen Tate), Joe Nix (Weichert Realtors), and Cindy Harris (Tarheel Realty II). These folks are quick to say that they are much busier this year and, in one case throughout their corporate offices, will show an increase in residential closings in North and South Carolina of nearly 50% over 2011. Inventories of delinquent and foreclosed homes are getting low, and pricing/value on existing homes has begun to trend upward finally. Expectations are for home sales to continue to climb for the next two years.

Retail Sales Iredell County had lost nearly $3 million in retail sales from fiscal 2007 to 2010, a staggering number that directly impacts jobs. During fiscal year 2012, we recovered those lost sales and experienced the best year for retail-

ers in our history. Since June, however, retail sales have been stagnant and underperforming. Speculation is that election posturing, with candidates telling us how bad our world is, caused the cash spigot to be tightened a little. With a very large Black Friday, we can expect retail sales to bounce back significantly. Let’s get ready for a really good year in 2013. The trends bode well for a strong payoff–we all deserve it!



© 2010 Photos by Linda Wilson

Iredell Resources Iredell County Government Department Listings

Iredell County Sheriff’s Dept. 704-878-3180 •

Iredell Public Library 704-878-3090 •

Iredell Museums 704-873-4734 •

Iredell Arts Council 704-873-6100 •

Downtown Statesville Development Corporation 704-878-3436

Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau 704-878-3480 •

Statesville Regional Development


Statesville Recreation and Parks Department



Domestic Violence

Iredell-Statesville Schools

704-872-3403 •

Mitchell Community College

Statesville Fire and Police Non Emergency

704-397-2428 •

Police - 704-878-3406 Fire - 704-878-3875

YMCA Of Iredell County

United Way of Iredell County

704-873-9622 •

Board of Elections Voter Registration: 704-878-3140

STATESVILLE City of Statesville 704-878-3586

Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce 704-873-2892 30


704-658-2530 •

Statesville Civic Center


Boys & Girls Clubs

Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville Recreation Department


704-878-3200 •

Fire & Rescue 704-664-1338 Police 704-664-3311


Iredell County Area Transportation System (ICATS) Iredell County Veterans Office

Mooresville Fire & Rescue & Police Department Non Emergency


MOORESVILLE Town of Mooresville 704-663-3800

Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 704-664-3898

Mooresville South-Iredell Economic Development Corp. (MSIEDC) 704-664-6922

Mooresville Public Library 704-664-2927 •

Charles Mack Citizen Center 704-662-3334

United Way of Central Carolinas Serving Mooresvill/Lake Norman 704-664-2284

TROUTMAN Town of Troutman 704-528-7600

Troutman Police Dept. & Fire Dept.–Non Emergency Police: 704-528-7610 Fire: 704-528-4576


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Iredell Living Magazine January 2013  

Welcome to the online version of Iredell Living Magazine. We invite you to read January’s cover story and visit our advertisers. Pick up you...

Iredell Living Magazine January 2013  

Welcome to the online version of Iredell Living Magazine. We invite you to read January’s cover story and visit our advertisers. Pick up you...