Did You Know?

Did you know that if the Garden Parkway were under construction now, North Carolina’s unemployment rate would be 9.1% instead of 9.7% (or as the spin masters might say, barely more than 9% as opposed to almost 10).

But that’s right.  With the addition of 2667 construction jobs impacting the most recent unemployed number of 434,073, the state’s unemployment rate would be .61% lower.  That would be a quick hit of over one half of a per cent and it could be impacting the next election year.  The stop the toll road people can’t offer our legislators that!

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Citizens Speak

"The City Council of the City of Belmont, NC, also affirms its support of another bridge crossing of the Catawba River on the South Point peninsula to alleviate future traffic in this area."
- CITY OF BELMONT


"This project would open up new areas in Gaston County to economic development by providing quick and convenient access to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport."
- RUSTY HARRIS
2011 BOARD CHAIR, GASTON REGIONAL CHAMBER


"Our organization is sensitive to the adverse affect(s) this project has on some property owners, our pledge of support is intended for the greater good of all citizens in gaston county."
- MONTCROSS AREA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


 

"The Parkway would move people, goods and services efficiently creating much-needed jobs for Gaston County and the State of North Carolina."
- ANDY WARLICK
PRESIDENT & CEO, PARKDALE


 “The Garden Parkway has been talked about, discussed and planned for over 20 years. As Chairman of the Regional Roads Committee, made up of representatives from 13 counties, it has been a top priority for the past five years. It is extremely important to the region, and massively important to the future growth of the Charlotte –Douglas International Airport; and its intermodal facilities, which will produce thousands of jobs in this region.”
- ALLEN TATE
CHAIRMAN, REGIONAL ROADS COMMITTEE


"Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is one of this region's leading tourist destination, attracting nearly 120,000 guests each year. Construction of the Parkway will improve mobility, access and connectivity in southern Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, making the Garden a more accessible destination for travelers and residents of southern Mecklenburg and beyond."
- KARA L. NEWPORT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN


"In light of recent news articles regarding the East-West Connector, I would like to express my support for this project as a citizen of Gaston County and as a small business person who employs 10 plus people in skilled trade work for more that 20 years. The statements regarding loss of jobs are without logical merit. Development of any kind always brings new jobs."
- STEPHEN WHITESELL
PRESIDENT, CUTTING EDGE FABRICATION


"Since the conceptual alignment was created, the Garden Parkway project has consistently been rated as a top priority project by the Gaston Urban Area Technical Advisory Committee. It will provide a crucial link to two significant multi-modal facilities in the region: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and the planned relocation of Norfolk Southern rail yard."
- COMMISSIONER JOE
CARPENTER, CHAIRMAN, GASTON URBAN AREA TAC


"The Garden Parkway is vital to our economic future in that it will open up residential and commercial development, attract new businesses, facilitate existing business expansion, create jobs for our citizens and greatly help us in meeting the needs of our schools."
- DONNIE LOFTIS, CHAIRMAN
GASTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS


"For a nine mile stretch from Wilkinson Boulevard to Highway 49 there is no bridge across the Catawba River. The Garden Parkway will provide relief for commuters in the southern portion of Gaston County. With the Garden Parkway, Gaston County will be in a strong position to compete for jobs that will otherwise go elsewhere in the region."
- BOB MORGAN
PRESIDENT, CHARLOTTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


"As our region grows so will congestion on our two river crossings on I-85 and Highway 29/74. The Parkway will create badly needed jobs in our region."
- FRED JACKSON
PRESIDENT, AMERICAN & EFIRD, INC.


"When Companies look to locate here or expand their operation, they consider the transportation system. The East/West Connector will attract new jobs - allowing existing industry to move goods and services efficiently - keeping us competitive."
- TIM GAUSE
VICE CHAIR PUBLIC POLICY, GASTON REGIONAL CHAMBER

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Lincoln County Job Growth

The completion of US 321 from Gastonia through Lincolnton to Hickory made the development of the Lincoln County Industrial Park possible. The park currently has over 3.6 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution facilities with over 2,700 employees and an investment of over $350 million. All made possible by the "interstate" nature of US 321. Due in large part to the connectivity offered by US 321, the park now boasts over 16 industries, a $1 billion Apple data center just over the line in Catawba County and a 1.2 million square foot Target distribution center.

 

Standstill on I-85

85trafficAn accident on I-85 brought traffic to a dead stop on I-85 and Highway 74 on Wednesday, March 21st. The one vehicle incident caused by a jack-knifed truck, closed the interstate for about four hours.  Drivers reported estimated travel times to be ninety minutes to two hours thru the region. The Garden Parkway will provide an alternative for the growing number of commuters and greater connectivity to Charlotte as well as opening up the region to industrial growth and jobs.

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