Business View Civil and Municipal | March 2021

115 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MARCH 2021 BRIDGE BUILDING • HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION CULVERTS • DESIGN BUILD • SPECIAL PROJECTS 280 Mooresville Boulevard, Mooresville, NC 28115 | 704-664-5042 | From bridges and roadways to dams, utilities foundations, pilings and more, DANE Construction has the experience, the manpower and the equipment to see your project to completion. As one of the premier highway constructors in the Carolinas and Virginia, we are accustomed to the varying demands of state and federal transportation authorities and have a working relationship with many of them already. We are Pre-Qualified in: HI CKORY , NORTH CAROL INA There’s a lot of activity in the downtown area, and we’re excited about all the redevelopments.” The multimodal path system, now in progress, will extend throughout the city. Two projects – the Riverwalk and the City Walk – will connect various neighborhoods in a series of walking and biking trails that are 10 feet wide and fully accessible. These paths will continue along Lake Hickory and the Catawba River, driving other development in this area. Wood reports, “From University, you can go all the way down to Lake Hickory, which is part of the Catawba River chain. There are spurs off into various neighborhoods and a spur that goes out to the airport. All those projects are either under construction or under design and will be bid out shortly. The first piece that goes through the downtown is almost done. We have been making great headway on that.” The trail design also includes adding conduit for broadband fiber, another benefit to city residents. As Hickory continues to grow, the city would like to draw more diverse businesses to the area, which historically has been based in furniture, hosiery, and textiles. They are now targeting pharmaceutical, research and development, and advanced manufacturing industries. “We have the ability to train a workforce,” says Wood. “What we are doing with our bond program and quality of life initiatives, that is what will set us apart from other jurisdictions that we’re competing with. With the proximity to a larger city, Hickory can easily stand on its own. We’ve got a lot of things you wouldn’t typically find in a city of 40,000. We have community theater, we have a symphony, a choral society, all the things you would find in a city more than twice our size. We feel like we’ve got a lot to offer.” With so much diversity and innovation, Hickory has everything required to build a quality life. A life – well crafted.