Friday, March 24, 2017
Mayors speaking were (from left) Cramerton Mayor Will Cauthen, Gastonia Mayor John Bridgeman, McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey and Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough. Stanley Mayor Andrew Quinley was unable to attend.
Communities share common interests; stress need for collaboration
Six mayors representing five of the Montcross Area cities and towns in eastern Gaston County and the city of Gastonia spoke at the Chamber’s Business Buzz breakfast this morning. CaroMont Health was the sponsor. .
Mayors participating were Will Cauthen of Cramerton, Charlie Martin of Belmont, Sandy Railey of Lowell, John Bridgeman of Gastonia, Bryan Hough of Mount Holly and Jim Robinette of McAdenville. Stanley Mayor Andrew Quinley was unable to attend.
Each mayor spoke about accomplishments and challenges in his or her municipality, and a question and answer period followed with mayors responding to questions from the audience of more than 60 Chamber members and friends.
All of the mayors reported on new businesses opening in their communities. The importance of planning to accommodate growth and the work each town is doing in that area was a topic addressed by all of the mayors.
Other topics covered included transportation projects, new neighborhoods being developed, the controversy over a site for a new Belmont Middle School, greenways and the need to connect them, the need for future light rail connection to Charlotte, the Catawba Crossings and Wilkinson Boulevard bridges, summer concerts coming up and more.
Business Buzz breakfasts are planned several times each year by the Chamber to address issues of interest to the business community in Gaston County. Stanton Enterprise/McDonalds provided the breakfast.
Chamber Board Chair Bill Ingram of Regions Bank welcomes members and friends to Business Buzz breakfast.