There were a number of conversations and emails over the weekend, discussing the fast pace of House Bill 508 and how it would affect the financial situation of not only Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville, but also of the organizations that receive monies, if the towns had to give Visit Lake Norman more monies than budgeted.
The communications led to a meeting this morning in which the concerned parties sat around the table and discussed the future of the relationship. I’m sure that everyone came ready for battle.
But no one battled.
To House Speaker Tillis’s credit, he encouraged the parties to work together — and why wouldn’t he? After all, if the towns and Visit Lake Norman truly share the goal of bringing more tourists to our area and filling hotel rooms and benefiting our local businesses, why wouldn’t the State want our groups to work together?
The encouraging news is that the Towns have committed to work with Visit Lake Norman on an interlocal agreement and Visit Lake Norman has promised to come to the table — thank you to the Chairman for his promise. And it sounds as if the parties are close. Visit Lake Norman needs the comfort of knowing they will have funding to support their mission and the Towns need to be able to tell their constituents that the monies are indeed helping the local economies. Even though people on both “sides” have some walls up, I think that today’s meeting paves the way for more open discussion.
The ultimate objective is to benefit our area and to find ways to reach audiences to come visit, come spend and come stay. When we get past the details of exactly how to do that, the entire area wins.
I’m encouraged and hope you all are as well……