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Q&A with Scott Stone (access required)

In 1999, Scott Stone moved from Baltimore to Charlotte to fill a management position that Eric Davis, now chairman of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Board of Education, left vacant at engineering design firm Mactec. Stone continued to work in Charlotte’s engineering industry, ...

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Perking up: Are incentives helping 
to sell Charlotte homes? (access required)

The Kannapolis home had been on the market about eight months. The seller, Fred Waite, had lowered the price in September from $1.8 million to $1.5 million. But, still, not so much as a nibble, said the listing agent, Heidi ...

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On the Level: Tim Eldridge, VP of work force development for ABC’s Carolinas chapter (access required)

Tim Eldridge’s job gives him a front-row seat to the problems created by the shortage of workers in the construction industry. But he’s hoping some training programs will give the Carolinas a boost when the economy improves. Lives in: Mountain ...

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Welder shortage leads to bind 
for some Charlotte-area companies (access required)

Charlotte-based Shaw Power Group has multiple power plant construction projects under way in the area. There’s Cliffside Steam Station in Cleveland and Rutherford Counties, Buck Steam Station in Rowan County and Dan River Steam Station in Rockingham County. They’re big, ...

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Heartbreak hotel: It’s almost time for last checkout at iconic Concord property (access required)

When Allen Craven’s father moved to the city of Concord, Hotel Concord was his home for months. It was around the 1950s, and Craven’s dad, who has since died, lived there while setting up a medical practice across the street. ...

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In Mooresville, eyesores irk the village people (access required)

When Yvonne Hart and her husband, Andrea Buzzini, moved to Mooresville Mill Village in 2002, they had high hopes. The historic community of about 400 homes had taken shape around the old Mooresville Cotton Mills in the early 1900s. And ...

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Charlotte-area homes being upgraded, but not coverage (access required)

Dave and Helen VanBlarcom had a seven-year itch of sorts. In 2000 they bought a new 2,800-square-foot house in Wesley Chapel, and by 2007 they felt it needed some upgrades to keep it looking modern. Over the past four years, ...

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