Bright Future Awards

NEWTON, NC (Dec. 5, 2018)—The city of Newton congratulates the recipients of the 2018 Business Advisory Committee Bright Future Awards.

Corning received the Bright Future Award for a business that employs more than 100 people. Twin City Insurance received the Bright Future Award for a business that employs fewer than 100 people. Luke Walling received the Bright Future Award for an individual economic development leader.

Corning is a worldwide provider of fiber optic communication solutions for voice, data and video networks. Its 165-year-old parent company, Corning Incorporated, has applied its unparalleled expertise in precision glass, ceramics and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives, including the invention of low-loss optical fiber, which drove a global communications revolution. As a $3 billion segment of Corning Incorporated, Corning employs more than 3,000 people across five facilities throughout North Carolina, including two of the world’s largest fiber manufacturing facilities in Midland and Wilmington and two of the world’s largest fiber cabling facilities in Winston-Salem and Hickory. Corning’s optical cable manufacturing facility formally opened in Newton in January 2018. The facility, which employs more than 200 people, is part of Corning’s plan to invest more than $250 million in its optical fiber, cable, and solutions manufacturing facilities.

Twin City Insurance was established in 1946 and founded on a philosophy of offering personal, professional service. The agency has a staff of insurance specialists that serve Catawba and surrounding counties. Using a state-of-the-art computerized rating system, Twin City Insurance is able to instantly compare rates of competing insurance companies to offer their customers the best possible rates. As in independent insurance agency, Twin City Insurance does not work for any single insurance company and instead works directly for the customers they serve. They aim to place customers’ policies with the insurance company that offers the best coverage at the best possible price.

Luke Walling is a long-time serial entrepreneur, accomplished angel investor, and corporate executive known for building high-growth business-to-business software businesses. Temprano Techvestors, which he launched in Newton in 2016, helps emerging-market software companies across Europe succeed in the United States and Canada by removing barriers to entry into the North American market.  A sampling of Walling’s past experience includes executive positions at AVG and Avast Software; board member and the first investor in Sharpspring; and his first endeavor, Walling Data, which he started on his own in his parents’ basement when he was 15 years old.

“Newton is so fortunate to have so many talented business leaders working every day build our brilliant legacy into a bright future for new generations,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “I would like to congratulate Corning, Twin City Insurance, and Luke Walling on winning this year’s Bright Future Awards. I am grateful for their contributions to the city, and I wish them many more years of continued success.”

The Bright Future Award recipients were honored at the Newton City Council meeting on Dec. 4.

The Bright Future Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of businesses and business leaders to the Newton community. Nominees are judged on any of the following: innovativeness; economic development accomplishments; community commitment or involvement; measured objectives which may include jobs created, jobs retained or improved, monetary investment in the community, or additions to the tax base; and additional benefits to the community.

The mission of the Business Advisory Committee is to advise Newton City Council on business issues that impact the city including retail, commercial, downtown, and residential development; ordinances and codes to support development and redevelopment; investments needed by the public and private sectors to carry out development and redevelopment projects; and potential incentives to attract new business investment.

The current Business Advisory Committee includes Chairperson Jennifer Stiver, Larry Adams, Lisa Crump, Susan Flowers, Jessica Hoffman, Bradley Saine, Suzanne White, and Leslie Yount.

Business professionals are encouraged to stay up to date with Business Advisory Committee events and announcements by registering their contact information at

Bright Future Awards

The Newton Business Advisory Committee (BAC) presented the 2018 Bright Future Awards to Corning, Twin City Insurance, and Luke Walling. Pictured above from left are City Council Member Ed Sain, BAC Chairperson Jennifer Stiver, City Council Member John Stiver, BAC member Lisa Crump, BAC member Suzanne White, Lesa Williams with Twin City Insurance, BAC member Susan Flowers, David Lowe with Corning, BAC member Larry Adams, Gary Harding with Corning, Mike Hathaway, City Council Member Jody Dixon, Luke Walling, BAC member Leslie Yount, BAC member Jessica Hoffman, City Council Member Anne Wepner, City Council Member Tom Rowe, and Mayor Anne P. Stedman.