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Hartley Ridge Offers Safe, Affordable Homes for High Point Families

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Many North Carolina families struggle to find safe and affordable housing close to jobs, schools and health care. In High Point, dozens of families will now have a home to enjoy for years to come at Hartley Ridge, a new affordable apartment development.

Hartley Ridge held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 26. Attending from Blanco Tackabery were Carrie Scogin, James Goodwin and Helen Tsiolkas who are attorneys in our Affordable Housing and Community Development Practice Group. Also in attendance were Congressman Ted Budd and representatives from the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

Hartley Ridge will provide 84 apartment homes for families who are at or below 60% of the area median income. The one- two- and three-bedroom apartments feature walk-in closets, outside storage, a community room, computer center, covered picnic area, exercise room and playground.

Hartley Ridge was developed by Wynnefield Properties, Inc., and funded in part by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. LIHTC has financed nearly 100,000 apartments in North Carolina for seniors, working families and people with disabilities.

“Families in High Point will now have more affordable options thanks to Hartley Ridge,” said Scott Farmer, executive director of the NC Housing Finance Agency. “Hartley Ridge is a great example of how affordable housing investments can impact communities and their residents.”

Attorneys from Blanco Tackabery Elected to Legal Elite

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Neal Tackabery, Lauren Millovitsch, and Ashley Rusher have been elected to Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.

Neal Tackabery and Lauren Millovitsch practice in the area of estate planning and estate administration. Ashley Rusher practices in the area of business bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.

Business North Carolina magazine selects the Legal Elite through ballots sent to more than 23,000 attorneys who are active members of the North Carolina State Bar. Members are asked to select the best lawyer in each field, and may not select themselves. Fewer than 3% of the state’s lawyers were named to the list this year.

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Anna Gregory Wagoner Named Shareholder

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The law firm of Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A. is pleased to announce that Anna Gregory Wagoner was elected a Shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2017. She practices in the Renewable Energy Law Group where she represents renewable energy developers in project development and finance.

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Kelly Jones Joins Blanco Tackabery

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The law firm of Blanco Tackabery is pleased to announce that Kelly Jones has joined the firm as an Associate. She practices in the Commercial Real Estate & Development and Renewable Energy Groups.

Kelly received her J.D. from Elon University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Christopher Seamster Joins Blanco Tackabery

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The law firm of Blanco Tackabery is pleased to announce that Christopher Seamster has joined the firm as Counsel. Chris practices in the Renewable Energy, Securities Law, Business Law, and Commercial Real Estate & Development Groups. Prior to joining Blanco, he practiced law in New York for over 12 years as a corporate, securities and broker-dealer attorney.

Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his J.D. from Touro Law School.

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Meghan Maguire Joins Blanco Tackabery

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The law firm of Blanco Tackabery is pleased to announce that Meghan Maguire has joined the firm as an Associate. She practices in the Renewable Energy, Business Law, and Commercial Real Estate & Development Groups.

Prior to joining Blanco, Meghan practiced as an in-house attorney for a federally insured financial institution. Meghan received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and her LL.M. in Law and Government from American University Washington College of Law.

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Three attorneys named Best Lawyers in America

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Blanco Tackabery is proud to announce that three of their attorneys have been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Chosen by their peers in their respective practice areas, Neal Tackabery and Jim Creamer practice in the area of Estate Planning and Estate Administration; Ashley Rusher practices in the area of Business Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights and Commercial Litigation.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become a well-regarded guide to legal excellence. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Jim Vaughan participates in his 4th Solar Bear Ride

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Shareholder Jim Vaughan recently completed his 4th Solar Bear Ride, an annual three-day, 270-mile, bicycle trek from Winston-Salem to Oak Island, to raise money for – and awareness of – Cancer Services of Winston-Salem. This year’s ride, held September 22 – 24, raised $17,600.00, a new record!  Over the course of 3 years, more than $45,000 has been raised.

Blanco Tackabery is a proud sponsor of this event.

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2016 Solar Bear Ride

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Ashley Rusher serves as Chair of NCBA Bankruptcy Section

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On July 1, 2016, Ashley Rusher began her term as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. The Bankruptcy Section promotes networking and education for practitioners in all areas of bankruptcy practice, both business and consumer areas, and among members who practice in the three federal bankruptcy districts. Ms. Rusher is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and Chair of its Business Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Practice Group.

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Shareholder Charles Luckey assumes new role in U.S. Army

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The U.S. Senate approved Major General Charles D. “Chip” Luckey to fill the dual-hatted role of chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of U.S. Army Reserve Command. The latter is headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His new job also comes with a promotion and Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey was promoted and sworn in just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Luckey will have offices at Fort Bragg and in Washington. No stranger to Fort Bragg, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course there and served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a staff judge advocate.

Luckey was commissioned as an Army officer from the University of Virginia in 1977 and led soldiers in mechanized and Special Forces units before leaving the Army in 1982 to attend law school. He returned to active duty three years later and was stationed at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne. In 1991, he transferred to the Army Reserve and subsequently commanded at the battalion, brigade and group level before taking charge of the 78th Training Division.

In 2008, Luckey returned to active duty to serve as chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad, Iraq. He later served on the Joint Staff as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff Lead for the Iraq transition. More recently, Luckey served as chief of staff at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

During most of his Army career, Luckey has also maintained a civilian job as an attorney and Shareholder at Blanco Tackabery.

Amy Lanning rejoins Blanco Tackabery

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The law firm of Blanco Tackabery is pleased to announce that Amy Lanning has rejoined the firm as Counsel. She practices in the Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Renewable Energy Groups. Amy was with Blanco Tackabery for ten years before joining a national title insurance company as North Carolina underwriting counsel.

Amy graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law where she served as a staff member of the Wake Forest Law Review.

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