Mint Hill businesses asked to help prepare next generation of workforce to compete globally

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Dr. Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, made an impassioned plea to the members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 24 at its monthly luncheon meeting at Pine Lake Country Club.

Anderson, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher, principal and central office administrator, feels high schools across the country are failing to provide options for high school students.

“60 percent of high school graduates go on to four-year college,” says Anderson. “Only 59 percent of those students actually have a degree by the time they’re 27.” Continue reading

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Senator Tarte address Mint Hill Chamber

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) addressed the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24 at Pine Lake Country Club. Tarte spent about 20 minutes touching on a variety of topics, including the 2011 Reevaluation Bill, North Carolina’s ability to attract new businesses, term limits, and the airport authority.

Tarte, who was given the highest rating for a freshman senator by The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, found his way into public office at the urging of his grandfather who told him to go out and do something about the things he didn’t like.

“My grandfather said not to complain if I wasn’t willing to be part of the solution,” says Tarte.

The 2011 Reevaluation Bill is an example of one of the things Tarte says he’s proud to have had a hand in.

“I’m most proud about how we passed it,” says Tarte. “We must be concerned about the process and how we involve the public.”

The lack of public input and transparency regarding the airport authority issue is case in point. Continue reading

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Chamber hears the State of Real Estate

Meeting highlights trends in area home buying 
and financing
By Michele Dotson
The focus of the September 26 Chamber meeting on real estate and financing was facilitated by Mint Hill Chamber president and real estate professional Rich Ferretti and Monarch Mortgage loan officer, Janet Gaglione.
“There is confidence in the market and lenders are loaning money again,” says Ferretti, who cited recent comparisons in the market which shows a 12.4 percent increase in home sales in July 2013 compared with July of 2012.
“The housing market is growing in pockets around the country,” says Ferretti. “Las Vegas is hot right now, and overall, the cost of housing is down.”
Ferretti also says that North and South Carolina continue to attract a lot of newcomers, with large numbers relocating from Florida.
chamber“We call them the half-backs,” he says. “These are individuals who moved to Florida from places up north, and have now settled in the Charlotte area.”
Thanks to Charlotte’s banking industry, 2nd only to New York City, and new industry such as Met Life and Chiquita, Ferretti says our market is thriving.
Although there is a spike in interest in houses close to or in uptown, Mint Hill continues to see a resurgence in building, particularly on sites that were already prepared before the housing crisis hit.
Most recently, Bontera began construction near Lebanon and Hwy. 51 and the upscale Cheval community will be the focus of this year’s HomeArama in November.
There are also lots of investors in the market looking for good deals, and a recent study of home sales in the Charlotte area indicated that nearly one in five home sales last year could be attributed to an investment purchase. Continue reading
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Chamber unveils Jacks Bryan memorial

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The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce unveiled the Jack Bryan Memorial bench at the Korean War Veterans Memorial last Thursday.  Members of Mint Hill’s NC Korean War Veteran’s Association, the Town of Mint Hill, and Bryan’s family were present for the dedication.
“Jack was a valuable volunteer to this community. He worked hard in several different organizations, and served the town well.  We miss him and we’re glad he’s going to be honored here today,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.
Bryan was involved with the Lions Club, was a member of the Planning Board, a leader in the creation of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, the president of the chamber for many years, and he expanded the festivities of Mint Hill Madness.  He was also influential in the creation of the Mint Hill Times. Continue reading

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