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Author: Travis Silvas

Rush tabbed to lead Main Street efforts for CharlotteRising

The CharlotteRising board of directors announced June 8 the hiring of Dillon Rush as executive director of Charlotte’s Michigan Main Street program. Rush, a 2017 graduate of the University of Michigan and Charlotte native, served as the CharlotteRising economic development intern in 2016 and was instrumental in moving the city’s Main Street Select Level application forward. “We looked at Dillon’s previous training in Main Street programming and how his degree from U of M is closely aligned with the area of expertise for this position,” said CharlotteRising Board President Joe E. Pray. “Then we looked at his experience and...

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Charlotte City Council votes down bid for tennis court reconstruction

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-to-1 Monday, June 19 to reject a $174,114 bid from Rumsey and Sons for the reconstruction of the four tennis courts at Bennett Park. The vote provided the conclusion to a project that has been stalled since city council members approved up to $75,000 for the courts in 2015. City Councilmember Yvonne Ridge provided the lone vote of support for the project. “City council voted to support this project,” Ridge said prior to Monday’s vote. “It’s unfortunate that it took us so long to get to this point, but I believe it is a worthwhile project for this community.” The project was introduced to Charlotte City Council in 2015 with an estimated cost of $125,000. City Council pledged up to $75,000 toward the total cost, with the remaining funding to be provided through grants. The city was successful in securing a Michigan Economic Development Corporation Patronicity grant, which raised close to $70,000 toward the project ($35,000 in donations and a matching $35,000 from the Patronicity program). However, the city did not receive a bid on the project in 2016, and received just one bid at $174,114 this year after reworking the bid specifications. The Charlotte Area Recreation Cooperative voted June 19 — just prior to the council meeting — to provide the additional $56,000 needed to cover the increased cost of the project. However,...

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New ownership group marks start of transition for Charlotte Insurance

For more than 50 years Daryl Baker has been making sure his clients, his friends and his community have been protected from life’s inevitable mishaps. As owner of Charlotte Insurance Agency for the past 50 years, building those relationships and carrying that responsibility is a very difficult thing from which to walk away. That transition, however, is underway. Charlotte Insurance welcomed two new members into its ownership group — Charla Parkinson and Brian Lautzenheiser have joined Steven Whitinger as part owners of the agency. “It’s one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, to be phasing out...

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Spartan Motors unveils new $6.5 million plant

Spartan Motors displayed the future of its manufacturing operations Tuesday, June 12 — a new 85,000-square facility built with flexibility of production in mind. The plant was built in large part to build the all-new 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck. “It’s exciting to be very flexible in how we can manufacture and partner with Isuzu,” said Daryl Adams, President and CEO of Spartan Motors. “This facility represents a $6.5 million investment in the local community, and when everything is ramped up will have 100 additional jobs for the local area.” Adams said Spartan Motors was confident in...

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