Fort Mill’s corporate growth creates fundraising opportunity for local nature preserve

Fort Mill is home to the Anne Springs Close Greenway,  which is an extensive area of protected nature preserve that totals approximately 2,100 acres and includes lakes, forests, pastures and trails. The greenway is the perfect place for hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding and more.

Maintaining the greenway is no small feat, and a fundraising drive was initiated recently in an attempt to raise $211,000 annually to pay for maintenance of the land.

There has been a tremendous amount of corporate growth in and around Fort Mill, and with that growth comes new and more employees to the area. The greenway is capitalizing on that growth and aiming to better connect with local CEOs and business people that could help in fundraising efforts for the nature preserve.

The Anne Springs Close Greenway not only needs corporate donations, but also participation from employees who can volunteer or host corporate events at the greenway.

There have been a number of efforts to generate interest and create buzz around the greenway and all it has to offer, including a business breakfast, a social media-focused marketing campaign encouraging people to take selfies on the greenway, and a hiking event.

For more information on what the  Anne Springs Close Greenway means to Fort Mill, as well as on recent fundraising efforts to support the preserve, be sure to read the full article at

Charlotte’s River District is its biggest new development in decades

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-3-51-33-pmJust east of Belmont, between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River, lies Charlotte’s River District, the newest, massive, mixed-use master-planned development to hit Charlotte in decades. The potential for such a project, conveniently located right near the airport and only eight miles from Uptown Charlotte, is huge.

This new development aims to create a walkable, urban environment that showcases a variety of housing in a community that really connects with nature. Developers plan to take advantage of the unique topography, woodlands, streams and creeks that the area is home to. While developers plan to build housing, retail space, office space and more, the plan for development also calls for preserving approximately 500 acres of land and using that land for mountain biking, walking and hiking trails with a walkable community laid out around them.

Approximately 10,000 people will occupy the new homes here, which will range from very moderately priced homes all the way up to luxurious estate homes. With the hopes of having some of the trails open to the public possibly as early as the summer of 2017, as well as completing construction on the first stage of the residences in the next two years, final completion of the entire project, which is slated to be as big as Ballantyne occupying approximate 1,400 acres, is not expected for about 30 years. The project will be completed in stages, but given its size and scope, it will certainly take quite a bit of time.

Stay tuned for the ongoing development of the River District. And, for more details and information on the project, check out the article at