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Background Information

Employment History

The Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina Inc

Senior Executive for Special Projects

Gastonia Municipal Golf Course

Affiliations

Board Member
North Carolina Rail-Trails , Inc.

Board of Trustees Member
Clean Water Management Trust Fund

Education

Bachelors Degree

Political Science

Western Carolina University

Masters Degree

Public Administration

North Carolina State University

Web References (73 Total References)


Board of Directors | NC Rail-Trails

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Director, Jack Kiser, AICP, (704) 854-6632 AICP has 35 years experience in local planning and community development joined the NCRT Board of Directors in 2009 For 16 years he has been Director of Planning for the City of Gastonia. During that time was the development of a City's first and subsequent greenway plans, the City's first Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan and Master Greenway Plan, construction of the City's first 2.5 mile, multiple award-winning Avon-Catawba Creek Greenway Trail and construction of the City's first rail trail in 2008. Jack serves on the Advisory Board for the regional Carolina Thread Trail and in the Thread Trail's current planning efforts in Gaston County. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Western Carolina University. He is married and lives in Gastonia. Jack's term ends 12-31-12.


Board of Directors | NC Rail-Trails

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Director, Jack Kiser, AICP, (704) 854-6632 AICP has 35 years experience in local planning and community development joined the NCRT Board of Directors in 2009 For 16 years he has been Director of Planning for the City of Gastonia. During that time was the development of a City's first and subsequent greenway plans, the City's first Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan and Master Greenway Plan, construction of the City's first 2.5 mile, multiple award-winning Avon-Catawba Creek Greenway Trail and construction of the City's first rail trail in 2008. Jack serves on the Advisory Board for the regional Carolina Thread Trail and in the Thread Trail's current planning efforts in Gaston County. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Western Carolina University. He is married and lives in Gastonia. Jack's term ends 12-31-12.


Gastonia Planning Director Jack ...

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Gastonia Planning Director Jack Kiser and others familiar with the local real estate market said they don't know if the local housing market is ready to rebound.

Still Realtors and builders in Gaston County are optimistic that the government's actions will motivate buyers.
"August was really low," Kiser said of building permits issued in Gastonia.


Gastonia Planning Director Jack ...

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Gastonia Planning Director Jack Kiser said the first step would involve finalizing a location that would be suitable for Greyhound, Gastonia Transit, Gaston Access and CATS 85-X bus routes, as well as Amtrak passenger trains.

"It would house city buses, inter-city buses, Amtrak, and if we're able to re-establish commuter rail on the P&N, it could house all of that," Kiser told the City Council at a meeting this month.
Kiser said possible sites for the multi-modal transit station already have been identified in previous studies.City leaders have discussed locations in Gastonia's Center City that could be developed in conjunction with revitalization of the downtown business district.
The grant, awarded by the state public transportation division with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will not cover the cost of construction.As the design phase progresses, the city would then apply for construction funding, Kiser said.
At this point, construction of the transit facility would appear to be several years out, as would restoration of commuter service on the P&N Railroad.But the timetable for both of those projects depends on the rising demand for public transportation in direct correlation with rising fuel prices, Kiser said.
"I think a lot of it will depend on state and federal policy in regard to public transportation," Kiser said.
The project would likely develop in phases with room for expansion when new modes of transportation become available, Kiser said.
"The first phase would accommodate existing modes.Then when the time is right, say for commuter rail, bus, rapid transit or light rail, we'd be ready for that," Kiser said.


At a recent city meeting, Gastonia ...

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At a recent city meeting, Gastonia Planning Director Jack Kiser said a short-line railroad operator is examining the possibility of putting the rail line back into service to transport freight and maybe even passengers.

The distance between downtown Charlotte and Gastonia could be great enough to make a commuter train the best option, Kiser said.
"We're getting out distance-wise where in other cities commuter rail has been the more workable option," Kiser said."It used to be THE option."Preserving the right of way
Either way, Kiser said the state-maintained right of way for the P&N line is extremely valuable.Kiser said he couldn't venture to guess the cost of acquiring a new right-of-way to Charlotte and then conducting environmental tests and other surveys to build a new transportation route.
The estimated cost of right-of-way acquisition for the proposed Garden Parkway, which would run south from I-85 west of Gastonia to NC 160 in Mecklenburg County, is $28 million, according to the NCDOT Web site.
"You've got an existing corridor you've got gold," Kiser said.

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