Newton readies for growth as Charlotte’s sprawl spreads

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Newton Mayor Anne Stedman sees growth heading her way — and she’s trying to prepare the Catawba County community for it.

“We have been a best-kept secret, but only because we don’t tell our story and we’re trying to change that,” says Stedman, who has served as mayor for the past six years after a 14-year run as a town council member.

The blue-collar community of 13,000 has had big wins recently. It landed 210 jobs with Corning Optical’s expansion and snagged Minneapolis-based Room & Board’s $13 million furniture distribution center.

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