Reinventing for the Future
Mooresville will be the destination for
economic growth in the Charlotte region
by creating a climate that grows existing
businesses, attracts new businesses,
cultivates entrepreneurship, creates a
world-class workforce, maintains and
enhances an excellent quality of life, and
encourages collaboration within its
community to build economic prosperity
• The Mooresville-South Iredell (MSI)
region works together and across town
and county boundaries to support
existing businesses, entrepreneurs, and
attract companies within its target
industries that provide higher-quality jobs
and long- term prosperity.
• Good staff communication with county and regional
• Active in Lake Norman Transportation Commission,
Charlotte Regional Partnership and Centralina Economic
• School, county and town staff active with Developers
Council. EDC created a position for existing business.
Effective Downtown Commission.
• County and Town Commissions receptive and active with
economic incentives. Mitchell College strongly oriented
towards workforce education.
• Prepare the current and future workforce
in the MSI region for high-impact, high-
paying jobs by strengthening the public
education system, increasing access to
the higher education system, and making
the community college and workforce
education system more effective.
• Public schools are assisted by Town water and sewer improvements for Woodland Heights
and Mooresville Middle, Intermediate and Rocky River schools. Schools assisted the Town
with space for sewer station at Coddle Creek School. MGSD school resource officers paid by
The Mooresville Police Department.
• Town Parks/Rec shares facilities at several ISS and MGSD schools and assisted in upgrading
facilities for recreation and school use. The Town assisted with installing wireless at
Mooresville Senior High School. The Town Library offers student resources and programs.
MGSD digital conversion program prepares students, teachers and parents for 21st century.
Mi- Connection provides internet connections through discount program for students who
would not have it without MIC. NF Woods Technology campus of MGSD provides training and
programs that are workforce preparatory. Public schools improved State ranking within top
10 and 20. ISS added an IB program and MGSD issues laptops to all students grades four and
higher. High Schools won regional, state and national championships in several sports,
robotics and educational leadership.
• Mountain State University offers graduate degrees. Mitchell College and MSU offer
undergraduate training in professions. Both have new facilities. Mitchell College maintains
close ties with the Chamber and Downtown Commission and offers Seminars and workforce
education courses from a day to semester. MSU features leadership development
undergraduate and graduate programs. The Town approved land use for Pine Lake Prep
Charter school. The MSI Chamber has active standing committee in workforce education.
• Continue to preserve the high quality of
life already present in the MSI region and
improve quality of life elements most
likely to attract young professionals and
businesses among the recommended
• Public schools improved State ranking within top 10 (MGSD) and 20 (ISS). ISS
added an IB program and MGSD issues laptops to all students grades four and
higher. High Schools won regional, state and national championships in several
sports, robotics and educational leadership.
• Improved traffic flow at problem intersections. Paved gravel streets. Added
sidewalks around schools. Built four major parks and improved several facilities.
Improved code enforcement. Created downtown signs. Revised Mooresville logo
for use among several organizations.
• Improved downtown appearance and traffic flow. Attracted 3 restaurants and a
bar. Improved service, speed, reliability, options and quality of internet and
phone for home. Began Mooresville Concert Series and expanded with outdoor
performances and movies. Started seasonal monthly Cruise In and Art Walk.
YMCA offers major events around Independence Day. Chamber hosts several
expos and seminars targeting professionals.
• Mooresville has a sense of community in it’s core of downtown merchants,
schools and common industry and 360° field & farm separation from next
• Ensure that sites and infrastructure in the
MSI region are ready to meet the needs
of target businesses that want to locate
in the region as well as existing
businesses that want to expand.
• Completed upgrade of water plant with capacity for industrial
development. Began expansion of sewer and initiated inspection
and upgrade of old pipes and pumps.
• Created strong Fund Balance and bond rating and used cash
aggressively as bidding rates fell to improve and expand facilities.
Managed the town’s Balance Sheet very well.
• Improved traffic flow with intersection and rail crossing
improvements and completed road surface upgrades.
• Business quality internet and phone service available and scalable
but not sufficient in nonresidential areas.
• Mooresville is not competitive in land price or availability, interstate
access and building availability. There are no useful solutions
underway. Insufficient infrastructure in Langtree and Cornelius
Road employment center areas.
• Provide adequate resources to the MSI
region’s economic development efforts,
create a more positive environment, and
improve the effectiveness of economic
development activities through
collaborative programs and
cooperative efforts throughout the
• Enhanced Mooresville’s role as a regional employment
center – commuting patterns at equilibrium.
• Created separate organizations to collaborate and focus on
aspects of Economic Development .
• Created public and private funding for Economic
• Mooresville assists Chamber and Downtown Commission
with financial and staff targeted program support.
• Strong, collaborative working relationship with stakeholders
– MSIEDC, Chamber, Town and County.
• A lot has been accomplished from the
original Comprehensive Economic
• Commitment and collaboration have
been the key to our success.
• Thank you for making good things
happen for our community.
• What has to be done to build the
capacity to compete and a community
that thrives in a changed and changing
• Mooresville and the world are different
than they were in 2006, what is driving
the transformation today and for the next
Population: 20,000 Population: 33,741
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
Price of Gas: $1.39 Price of Gas: $4.00
Lowes Employees: 200 Lowes Employees: 4000
# of Facebook Members: 0 # of Facebook Members: 500,000,000
Mooresville will be the destination for
economic growth by creating a climate
that grows businesses, cultivates
entrepreneurship, creates a world-class
workforce, enhances its excellent quality
of life and collaborates within its
community and the Charlotte region.
Mooresville seeks to maintain and
enhance the community’s high quality of
life; attract young professionals and
provide quality educational opportunities
at all levels for a high quality and
• How do we nurture a high quality
• What attracts young professionals
to a community?
• What things would make someone
say Mooresville/South Iredell has a
high quality of life?
Mooresville seeks to enhance its role as
an employment center in the region
through its support of existing industries,
entrepreneurship, the attraction and
recruitment of its target industries;
the provision of the necessary
infrastructure and efficient,
collaborative service delivery.
• How do we support existing industries?
• What can we do to nurture
• How can we best attract and recruit our
• What needs to be done to assure the
provision of the necessary infrastructure?
• How do we provide efficient,collaborative
• We need your help evaluating, refining
and prioritizing actions steps for each
goal at a meeting on May 18th.
• If you have ideas after you leave this
meeting, please email them to:
Thanks for your help!