The I-77 Business Plan is not simply against tolls; it is against infrastructure projects that waste money and do not fit our businesses' needs for future growth.
The plan supports:
Fiscally responsible transportation solutions that support the needs of businesses and citizens
Maintaining a competitive advantage, through the construction of business-friendly transportation infrastructure
Transportation solutions that leave our options open for continued economic growth. The existing alternative leaves us with none.
THE I-77 BUSINESS PLAN
OUR LOCAL ECONOMY
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Our organization was born from the original I-77 Business Summit, held in late May at Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius.
In the wake of that event, hundreds of Lake Norman-area businesses signed our petition, dubbed the “I-77 Business Plan,” signifying their unity against the I-77 Toll Lanes project. Add to that tidal wave of support the position taken by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce against the I-77 Toll Lanes and the current I-77 Business Plan group was born.
We are a group representing the interests of hundreds of Lake Norman-area businesses that believe the I-77 Toll Lanes project will be catastrophic to our region’s economy. These parties represent a wide variety of industries, including motorsports, manufacturing, retail, financial services, real estate and many others.
A full listing of signatories to the I-77 Business Plan can be found here.
WHO WE ARE
John Hettwer: Owner and Founder, Payroll Plus, Inc.
John “Mac” McAlpine V: Director of Electronics, Michael Waltrip Racing and Organizer of the I-77 Business Summit
Jim Puckett: Owner, Electro Painters, Inc. and Mecklenburg County Commissioner
Mike Russell: Chief Operating Officer, Madvapes, Inc.
Greg Wallace: SVP, Brand Management, Rusty Wallace, Inc.