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Governor McCrory Declares State of Emergency In Charlotte PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 09:47
Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. upon the request of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.
 
“Upon a recent request of Chief Putney, the National Guard and State Highway Patrol are sending in resources to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department,” said Governor McCrory. “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.”
 
The declaration allows the state to send the N.C. National Guard to Charlotte to provide support to the State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement as needed. Charlotte officials requested state assistance following two nights of violent riots.
 
Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry will direct the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and deploy the State Emergency Response Team to assist Charlotte and Mecklenburg County officials in maintaining safety and security in the city.
 
 
 
550 Jobs Headed To Buncombe County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 09:42
Avadim Technologies Inc. will launch a major expansion at its operations in Buncombe County, creating 551 jobs over the next five years. Avadim is a life sciences company delivering Pathogenesis Based Therapies, addressing infection prevention, neuromuscular disorders and barrier repair. Avadim will invest nearly $20.4 million in its North Carolina expansion over the five-year period.
 
“Great companies are born in North Carolina and great companies grow here,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Avadim Technologies’ significant expansion adds an exciting new dimension to our biotechnology industry and to the economy of western North Carolina. Our state continues to attract global competition because of our improved business climate, highly skilled workforce and quality of life that is second to none.”
 
Founded in 2007, Avadim Technologies, Inc. is a life sciences company that has developed a new class of topical therapy solutions to address gaps in global health. The therapies work to protect and support natural physiological functions, preventing infections, improving neuromuscular disorders and enhancing wound care.
 
“North Carolina’s superior talent, engaged universities and unbeatable business climate will support Avadim as it executes this significant expansion,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. “Avadim’s growth in Buncombe County is further evidence that pioneering life sciences businesses are thriving in every corner of our state.”
 
Avadim will expand its product development, manufacturing, distribution and corporate headquarters operations. Among its new hires will be sales and marketing personnel, customer service representatives and I/T specialists. Salaries will vary by position, but the average annual compensation of the company’s new employees will be $50,816. Buncombe County’s overall average wage is currently $37,491 per year.
 
“As a lifelong resident of Buncombe County, it was important to me that our business expansion happen right at home,” said Stephen Woody, Chairman & CEO of Avadim. “Avadim will not only contribute to the health and well-being of individuals by addressing gaps in global health including infection, neuromuscular disorders and wound care, but also this expansion will contribute to our economy by continuing to cultivate a vibrant life sciences sector and spur jobs in western North Carolina.”
 
Avadim’s expansion in Buncombe County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Under the terms of the JDIG, the company is eligible to receive up to $4.9 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by N.C. Commerce and N.C. Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall revenue benefit to the state of North Carolina.
 
By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Buncombe and other Tier 3 counties, 25 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated counties. Avadim’s expansion could provide as much as $1.63 million in new funds for the Utility Account. More information on county tier designations is available here.
 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, the state’s economy has generated more than 300,000 net new jobs.
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, N.C. Transportation, N.C. Revenue, Golden LEAF Foundation, Land of Sky Council of Governments, City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition.
 
State Awards $8.4 Million In Parks And Recreation Grants PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 19 September 2016 16:05
Governor Pat McCrory announced $8.4 million of grants from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund will be awarded to 32 local governments to help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.  
 
“North Carolina’s parks and recreation areas are experiencing all-time-high visitation rates and continue to be an essential part of our state’s quality of life,” said Governor McCrory. “These grants will continue to make North Carolina one of the best states in the nation to work, live and visit by preserving these treasured assets for generations to come.” 
 
The Parks and Recreation Authority considered 66 grant applications requesting $18.3 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.
 
“Our green spaces are what adds to our wonderful quality of life, and attracts tourists and new residents to our great state,” said Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. “The preservation of our natural environments North Carolina provides means more economic development and jobs for all of us.”
 
Since 2013, more than 136 grants have been awarded from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund totaling more than $29.7 million. 
 
The local governments receiving grants in the most recent cycle are: 
 
Asheville, French Broad River East Bank Greenway and Recreational Area, $350,000; 
Beaufort, Wrights Creek Phase II, $100,605; 
Bertie, Albemarle Sound Public Waterfront Access, $500,000; 
Bessemer City, North Park Phase I, $500,000; 
Brunswick, Ocean Isle Beach - Phase 2, $300,000; 
Canton, Recreation Park Redevelopment, $350,000; 
Conover, Conover City Park Expansion, $119,992; 
Denton, DREAM Play Structure at Harrison Park, $15,000; 
East Spencer, Royal Giants Park Renovations, $300,000; 
Fuquay Varina, Fleming Loop Recreational Park Development, $500,000; 
Granite Falls, Shuford Recreation Park Redevelopment, $196,875; 
Harnett, Government Complex Park Phase 1, $400,000; 
Henderson, Bell Trail Park, $350,000; 
Iredell, Jennings Park, $419,718; 
Jacksonville, City of Jacksonville Marina, $350,000; 
Kill Devil Hills, Bay Drive Multi-Use Path Extension Phase 3 & 4, $250,000; 
Lake Lure, Weed Patch Mountain Recreational Park, $350,000; 
Laurel Park, Rhododendron Lake Nature Park Phase 3, $80,000; 
Lenoir, Mulberry Optimist Park Expansion, $327,200; 
Lexington, Tri-Distributor Land Acquisition, $250,000; 
Littleton, Littleton Pocket Park, $78,300; 
Lucama, Lucama Community Park, Phase III, $25,000; 
Mebane, Mebane Community Park Land Acquisition, $355,802; 
Nags Head, Dowdy Park Phase II, $250,000; 
Pineville, Lake Park, $361,460; 
Pleasant Garden, Volunteer Park, $234,387;  
Rockingham, Planters Road Dan River Environmental Park & Access, $27,850; 
Siler City, Siler City Aquatic Facility, $480,035; 
Star, Forks of Little River Passive Park Improvements, $5,000; 
Teachey, Town of Teachey Playground, $30,000; 
Wake, Robertson Millpond Reserve, $251,097; 
White Lake, White Lake Multi-Use Trail, $305,285.
 
 
Governor McCrory Offers $10,000 Reward In Slaying of Shelby Police Officer PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 12 September 2016 16:00
Governor Pat McCrory is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case of a slain Shelby police officer. 
 
Officer Tim Brackeen died from his injuries Monday after he was shot while serving a warrant early Saturday morning.
 
Brackeen attemped to serve a warrant for 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr. when Fenner allegedly shot Brackeen in the torso. 
 
Fenner is on the run and now had an outstanding warrant on him for attempted murder. That charge has now been upgraded to first degree murder. Previously, he was wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.
 
Anyone with information about this case has been asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 
 
Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said McCrory visited Brackeen in the hospital Sunday according to WBTV
 
McCrory also issued a statement Monday afternoon about Brackeen's passing.
 
“Ann and I are offering thoughts and prayers to both the Brackeen family and to the Shelby Police Department for the loss of their colleague,” said Governor McCrory. “Unfortunately this is another tragic example of the dangers those in law enforcement face in the line of duty each time they put on the uniform. The state is offering any assistance possible to help bring the individual or individuals responsible for his death to justice.” 
 
Officer Brackeen is a 12-year veteran of the department and former officer of the year.
 
A GoFundMe page was set up for Brackeen. The page says "the funds raised will go to help Tim, Tim's wife, and daughter during their time of crisis."
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 16:13
 
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