Cabarrus CountySubcontractors needed: The N.C. Department of Transportation will host an outreach meeting for “disadvantaged business enterprise” subcontractors interested in a project to widen Intestate 85 in Cabarrus County from N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to Lane Street (Exit 63). It will be 11 a.m. July 24 at the Metrolina Regional Traffic Management Center, 2327 Tipton Drive, Charlotte. The N.C. DOT has set a goal to hire disadvantaged business enterprises as 16 percent of the project’s subcontractors. Details: 704-849-0832. New hire: The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Danielle Kijowski as its sports sales and services manager. Kijowski, a 20-year Cabarrus resident and Charlotte native, graduated from N.C. State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. In her role, Kijowski will promote the county as a destination for sports events. She also will support the operational and hospitality needs of clients requiring services from the CVB and its local partners.
Concord New business coming: Lean Sigma Professionals, a Charlotte consulting firm that works to help increase companies’ productivity, will establish a corporate headquarters in the former Kimbrell’s Exchange building in downtown Concord. Lean Sigma bought the historic building at 18 Cabarrus Ave. W., beside the downtown parking garage. Its clients range from small manufacturing companies to the U.S. Postal Service. Greenway gets a name: Concord officials this month named its longest planned greenway project in honor of council member Hector Henry. The future Hector H. Henry II Greenway will follow the banks of the Rocky River 14 miles through Concord. The river enters city limits when it passes under Davidson Highway (N.C. 73) and continues through Concord until after its confluence with Mallard Creek, where it enters Harrisburg and unincorporated Cabarrus County. Henry served on the City Council for more than 30 years. He began his service on the city’s Board of Aldermen in 1973 and continued until 1989. After a four-year hiatus, he was elected in 1994 to the board, by then renamed the City Council, where he continues to serve. Learn more at www.concordnc.gov.
Kannapolis Get civic savvy: The Kannapolis Citizens Academy, which starts in September and runs through October, will allow residents a behind-the-scenes education about the city’s inner workings. Evening classes will meet weekly at the Kannapolis Train Station, 201 S. Main St. Off-site tours include the city’s Fire, Public Works and Parks & Recreation departments. Applications, due Aug. 23, are available at www.cityofkannapolis.com. Details: 704-920-4314. Lukas Johnson