Chamber's 2nd Get Ready Gaston Forum held at Belmont Abbey

Service event helps local leaders learn about preparing for growth

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


In the photo below are (from left) Robert Larrison, Chamber Board member and President of Carolinas Rehabilitation for Atrium Health; Brian Leary, President Commercial & Mixed Use at Crescent Communities; and Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfelder.

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Get Ready Gaston: A Forum on Preparing for Growth 

About 100 elected officials and economic development professionals attend the second Get Ready Gaston Forum on Preparing for Growth at Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Candidates for elective office also were invited. 

The forum is a public service project coordinated by the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with sponsor Atrium Health.  The objective is to help Gaston County elected officials and community leaders prepare for projected rapid growth here stemming from Charlotte’s development to the west. 

The first Get Ready Gaston in 2017 focused on learning from counties such as York and Union, how they have been impacted in recent years by Charlotte’s growth in their direction. 

The 2018 forum focused on learning more about developments in Charlotte that will impact Gaston County. Topics included expansion plans for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, with Aviation Director Brent Cagle speaking; The River District project, presented by Elizabeth McMillan of Crescent Communities and Scott Williams of Lincoln Harris; light rail on the West Corridor, with Jason Lawrence of the Charlotte Area Transit System presenting; and regional community health, presented by Ruth Krystopolski of Atrium Health. 

Crescent Communities President for Commercial & Mixed Use Brian Leary was the keynote luncheon speaker at the forum, which took place in the Haid Theater and Ballroom at Belmont Abbey College.

The following presentations are available to download:

Charlotte Airport Economic Impact and Strategic Plans by Aviation Director Brent Cagle 

River District by Crescent Communities Director of Development Elizabeth McMillan and Lincoln Harris Vice President of Investments Scott Williams  

West Corridor Light Rail by Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Senior Transportation Planner Jason Lawrence

Community Health by Atrium Health Senior Vice President Population Health Ruth Krystopolski


Atrium Health Senior Vice President of Population Health Ruth Krystopolski presenting at the forum.


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