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 In the News, March 13, 2017 

Mooresville Commissioners pave way for East-West Connector. Mooresville is one step closer to making the East-West connector between Langtree Road and N.C. 115 a reality, with town commissioners on Monday amending the zoning ordinance regarding the East-West Connector Overlay District. The connector overlay, which was discussed at length during a joint planning board and town board meeting on Jan. 9, would “back end” development caps, aiming to manage traffic capacity, ensure the connector road is built, and “help ensure growth happens with proper planning,” said Director of Planning and Community Development Rawls Howard.

Public hearing set on proposed property acquisition in Emerald Isle. The Town of Emerald is considering the purchase of property off Islander Drive that it hopes will spark redevelopment of the site and draw new business activity to the area. If the purchase is approved, the idea is to work with a private entity or through a public-private partnership to bring new life to the property near the town’s Western Regional Beach Access. An initial development idea is for a meeting and events center to draw events and trade shows to the area, drawing visitors and business, particularly during the off-season.

Tourism has big economic impact in Lexington, board hears. Robin Bivens, executive director of Lexington Tourism Authority, said the economic impact of visitor spending to Davidson County in 2015 was $155.6 million, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2014. This includes $87 million in state tax receipts and $5.2 million in local tax receipts. “The payoff is $188 per household in Davidson County,” Bivens said. “Each household saved $188 on their taxes because of tourism. Tourism is absolutely economic development; it brings money to our town.”

Clayton's Universal Playground Scores Big Boost. The Town of Clayton Parks & Recreation announced that they’ve been selected to receive $89,810 grant from a Connect NC which will fund the first phase of the much-anticipated Universal Playground at East Clayton Community Park. The playground will incorporate physical activities to build strength, social interaction and communication to make friends, cognitive elements to help develop personalities, and sensory elements to delight children through sight, sound and touch.