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January 25, 2024

Hello, Charlotte! It's Katie.

  • I'd rather have a week of snow than a few days of rain.

β˜”οΈ Weather: Expect showers and thunderstorms. High of 69Β°.

🎈 Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Reid Leggett, Betty Thomas and John Short!

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 857 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ€ Sports betting in N.C. launches soon

Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB347, which legalized mobile sports betting, into law at Spectrum Center in Uptown last June. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

You'll be able to place sports bets on your phone in North Carolina starting Monday, March 11, at noon, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

  • The North Carolina Lottery Commission unanimously approved the start date on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Mobile sports betting will be up and running for the ACC and the NCAA basketball tournaments.

Catch up quick: Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 347: Sports Wagering/Horse Racing Wagering into law last June, but that didn't mean people could immediately start legally gambling on their phones.

  • The law gave the N.C Lottery Commission a year from the date it was signed to establish a set of ground rules.
  • Operators will be taxed at a rate of 18%, which will generate tax revenue for the state.
  • You'll be able to bet on professional, college, electronic and Olympic sports, plus horse racing.

Of note: In-person betting and betting on horse racing will have a different start date.

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2. πŸ’° Incentives for development

Atrium Health's innovation district under construction in Charlotte. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Mecklenburg County economic development officials want more say over how and where projects are built in the Charlotte area, Axios' Alexandria Sands writes.

  • How they plan to get it: tax incentives.

What's happening: Commissioners and staff are in early talks about using the financial tool to propel more development and play a more active role in investors' plans.

Why it matters: Tax increment financing could help the county get more parks and affordable housing, invigorate downtowns and spark interest in corridors where investment has lagged, says Roger Johnson, Mecklenburg's ED director.

The latest: The county has used tax rebates in the past to provide financial assistance for Atrium Health's innovation district.

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Sponsored job listings

New jobs to check out

πŸ’Ό See who's hiring around the city.

  1. Associate Director of Projects at UNC Charlotte.
  2. Customer Service Specialist at Insurance Options of the Carolinas.
  3. Upper School Math Teacher at Gaston Day School.
  4. Concierge- Uptown 550 Luxury Apartments at Northwood Ravin.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

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3. 🏰 CMC's Lake Norman castle hits the market

Running back Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers rushes for a 39-yard touchdown during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 20, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. Photo: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Christian McCaffrey's French-inspired Lake Norman castle β€” as well as his boat "Olivia" β€” could be yours for a cool $12.5 million.

  • The Wall Street Journal first reported that the former Carolina Panthers running back is listing his beloved local home.

Why it matters: If the mansion gets anywhere close to asking, it will once again set a Charlotte region home sales record, Axios' Bri Crane reports.

What's happening: McCaffrey, who's been with the San Francisco 49ers since 2022, is cutting ties with both of his North Carolina properties.

What they're saying: Having morning coffee overlooking Lake Norman and grilling and swimming after a day on the water are what McCaffrey will miss most about the one-of-a-kind property, he told the WSJ.

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4. πŸ† Jimmy Pearls gets a James Beard nod

Daryl Cooper (left) and Oscar Johnson of Jimmy Pearls in Uptown Charlotte. Photo: Axios file photo

Daryl Cooper and Oscar Johnson of Jimmy Pearls in Uptown received semifinalist nominations for Best Chef: Southeast by the James Beard Foundation on Wednesday morning, Axios' Laura Barrero writes.

  • Jimmy Pearls, a beloved spot with a menu inspired by family traditions, is located inside the Market on 7th Street.

Why it matters: The James Beard Awards are some of the most prestigious in the culinary industry.

  • Although Charlotte chefs and business owners have been nominated several times, the city has yet to snag a win.

Flashback: Last year, Charlotte chefs and business owners received three semifinalist nominations β€” the most our city had received since 2009.

  • Chef Sam Hart of Counter- was the only finalist out of the three and was ultimately beat for Best Chef: Southeast by Terry Koval of The Deer and the Dove in Decatur, Georgia.

Check out other North Carolina chefs on this year's list

5. Narcan in schools and other speed reads

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

🏫 The CMS Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow more school staff to administer Narcan, a drug that can be used to treat overdoses from heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medications. (WBTV)

🎀 X Ambassadors will perform at The Underground on June 7 with special guests New West and Rowan Drake. (Axios) 

⚽️ Charlotte FC named Tommy Wilson technical director and Miles Joseph associate head coach. (Axios)

Anthony Foxx β€” a Davidson grad, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former mayor of Charlotte β€” will be the next co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. (Davidson)

6. ✈️ Stat du jour: 53.4M

The holiday travel period has been plagued by a winter storm and thousands of delayed and cancelled flights. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

2023 was a record year for passenger traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Ashley writes.

By the numbers: 53.4 million passengers traveled through the airport last year, airport officials reported this week.

  • That's 12% more than 2022's 47.8 million and 6.5% more than the previous record of 50.2 million, which was set in 2019.

7. This weekend in Charlotte

Counterculture Festival in Camp North End will return this Saturday, Jan. 27. Photo: LunahZon Photography, courtesy of Counterculture Club

There's a ton going on in the Charlotte area this weekend, from concerts to sports to cooking classes, as you can see from this weekender from Axios' Alexis Clinton.

A few examples of how to spend your weekend:

🎨 View a free exhibition that highlights artwork from a list of North Carolina artists at Goodyear Arts tomorrow.

πŸ₯£ Enjoy unlimited soup samples at the Soup & Sip Festival on Whitehall Park Drive in Charlotte on Saturday.

🚲 Meet up with friends to ride your bike along a pre-planned route through the city, starting at The Market at 7th St., on Sunday.

Full weekender

πŸ’’ We want to hear from brides and grooms across the Carolinas who got married in the last year (January 2023 onward).

  • Fill out this survey to be considered for our Carolina Wedding Confessionals series on the cost of Carolina weddings.

This newsletter was edited by Lucia Maher.