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Nine Additional Counties Approved For Florence Disaster Assistance PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:56
Nine additional counties have been approved for major federal disaster assistance to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. Individuals in Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland and Wilson counties are now able to apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.
 
With the addition of these nine counties, 27 counties have now been approved for federal assistance. As of today, approximately 80,000 people have registered for disaster assistance and more than $ 26 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for individuals and families. In addition to the nine counties added today, 18 North Carolina counties were previously designated for federal disaster assistance: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne.
 
Additional counties are under consideration with FEMA to be added to the list of included counties.
 
Anyone with a home damaged by Florence in any county is encouraged to begin the FEMA registration process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA to register via telephone or by visiting disasterassistance.gov to register online.
 
If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance.
 
Do not wait to begin your cleanup and repairs. Take photos of all damage and save all receipts.
 
FEMA’s disaster assistance programs are designed to help with grants for basic repairs to make survivors’ homes safe, sanitary and secure and to provide a temporary place to live while survivors develop their recovery plans.
 
Additional Information Resources
 
The statewide NC 211 information line can provide callers with housing, recovery and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text FLORENCE to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources. Other resources can be obtained by visiting ncdps.gov or following NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter. <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=38109465&msgid=436714&act=E9NM&c=1346310&destination=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FNCEmergency> 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:21
 
National General Insurance Will Add 600+ Jobs In Winston-Salem PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 24 September 2018 08:37
National General Insurance, a property and casualty insurance company, plans to expand its operations in Winston-Salem to create 626 jobs over five years. The company, and a subsidiary of National General Holdings Corp., plans to invest $12.2 million in North Carolina by the end of 2022.
 
“National General Insurance is a global insurance and technology leader that calls North Carolina home thanks to our talented workforce,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We’re excited to partner with National General as they expand and create 626 new, good-paying jobs in Forsyth County.”
 
National General, formerly the GMAC Insurance Group, is based in Winston-Salem and was founded there in 1920. The company is planning to expand its current operations to provide customer service and grow the company’s technology operations. New jobs will be in the areas of accounting, sales, analytics, HR, IT, legal, operations and other business functions. National General currently employs 1405 people in North Carolina.
 
“We are very excited to finalize plans for National General’s expansion in Winston-Salem,” said Barry Karfunkel, Chief Executive Officer of National General. “Winston-Salem has been a key market in our operations since the company’s founding, and we look forward to continued growth in this location. Our local knowledge, expertise and deep North Carolina roots will enable us to continue to provide North Carolinians great rates on their auto insurance.”
 
National General will add a variety of job functions with this project, with an annual payroll impact expected to be more than $30 million when all positions have been added and average salaries expected to be above the Forsyth County average.
 
“North Carolina’s educated workforce and strong university and community college system make us a successful spot for finance and tech companies,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland. “When companies like National General look to expand their operations, they select North Carolina for its strong business climate and unparalleled quality of life. We welcome the company’s investment in Forsyth County and the new jobs this project will bring.”
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s selection.
 
National General’s expansion project in Forsyth County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $1.9 billion. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential state reimbursement to the company of up to $5,600,700 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the Departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
Because National General chose to expand in Forsyth County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $622,300 in new tax revenue generated through the grant into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Forsyth, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities throughout the state. More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
 
“The City is grateful for the strong working partnership we have with the State relative to economic development projects such as the National General expansion,” said Allen Joines, mayor of Winston-Salem. “These projects are only able to happen when there is collaboration between the City, County and the State.”
 
“We welcome this business expansion from one of our area’s valued employers,” said N.C. Senator Paul Lowe, Jr. “It’s a pleasure to see National General and its employees thrive in North Carolina.”
 
“Many state and local partners came together to help make today’s decision possible,” said N.C. Representative Derwin Montgomery. “These partners also stand ready to support National General’s leaders and employees in the future so the company will continue to find success in our community.”
 
"National General is a hometown company with good jobs and a bright future,” said David R. Plyler, Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. “We are incredibly excited that they have chosen to continue to expand here in Forsyth County."
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Forsyth County, the City of Winston -Salem, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 08:39
 
State Offers $5,000 Reward In Wayne County Murder PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:44
The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Floyd Anthony “Andy” Evans, 65 years old.
 
On June 16, 2018, Floyd Anthony “Andy” Evans was found dead in a garage located on Evans Farm Road in Fremont, North Carolina. Upon arrival, Wayne County Deputies discovered Mr. Evans deceased, with a gunshot wound to the head.
 
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 919-705-1862, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-731-1480, Goldsboro Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or by text to 919-222-4230, or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:58
 
Booz Allen Hamilton To Add 208 Jobs At Cumberland County Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:47
Booz Allen Hamilton (boozallen.com), a management and technology consulting firm, will expand its current operations in Cumberland County, creating 208 new jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company expects to invest more than $5 million in the project by the end of 2020.
 
“Booz Allen Hamilton is expanding here thanks to Cumberland County’s workforce, which is strengthened by the military spouses and veterans who live and work around Fort Bragg and surrounding bases,” said Governor Cooper. “The majority of these new jobs will be IT focused, and Booz Allen knows we have the IT talent and training resources to deliver so they can continue tackling the complex military, business and government challenges of today and the future.”
 
The project includes two phases. In the first phase, Booz Allen plans to expand its footprint in Fayetteville. In phase two, Booz Allen will look to expand or relocate within Cumberland County to accommodate the continued growth in the area.
 
“We look forward to supporting our clients with the diverse and talented workforce in and around Cumberland County,” said Joseph Dodd, Vice President at Booz Allen. “In addition to a strong business community, Fayetteville’s proximity to Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune provides an important access point to an exciting talent pipeline of military spouses with diverse skillsets, as well as veterans who are transitioning from the military and seeking high-impact, mission-focused careers.”  
 
Booz Allen will add a variety of job functions with this project, the majority focused on technology, including data scientists, information security experts, machine learning specialists, software developers, software testers, IT engineers and architects, systems engineers and training designers. Salaries for the new employees will vary by position and experience. Once all positions are filled, the annual payroll impact will be $12.7 million.
 
“The jobs Booz Allen is creating in Cumberland County support our military, business and government agencies and offer opportunities in technology fields to local talent, including veterans,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “North Carolina’s strong military presence and available skilled talent were the key considerations for Booz Allen’s choice to expand here.” 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s selection in cooperation with the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation.
 
Booz Allen’s growth in Cumberland County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $213 million. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,803,600 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the Departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
Because Booz Allen chose to locate in Cumberland County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $200,400 in new tax revenue generated through the grant into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Cumberland, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities throughout the state.  More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
 
“The creation of these high-quality jobs confirms our status as a defense and innovation hub and brings important new career opportunities to our community,” said Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin.
 
"We’re excited to have Booz Allen expanding in Cumberland County,” said Cumberland County Commissioner Chairman Larry Lancaster. “This is a great example of how supporting our local businesses leads to new jobs for our citizens. We look forward to building on this momentum.”
 
“Booz Allen’s decision to bring these jobs to Cumberland County strengthens the partnership we’ve had with the company and sets us both up for success for many years to come,” said N.C. Senator Wesley Meredith.
 
“Cumberland County is home to some of the finest talent, with veterans and military spouses who bring diverse skillsets and want to do work that matters,” said N.C. Senator Ben Clark. “The jobs Booz Allen is creating will offer our citizens opportunities for fulfilling, rewarding careers.” 
 
“I am proud to welcome the new jobs Booz Allen will bring to Cumberland County,” said N.C. Representative John Szoka. “Our strong business community and pipeline of veterans and military spouses will support Booz Allen’s continued success here.”
 
“Fayetteville has a well-earned reputation as a leader in defense and innovation,” said N.C. Representative William O. Richardson. “Booz Allen’s expansion here confirms and strengthens that reputation, and we look forward to building on this success.” 
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation. The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County supported the project with local grants totaling $178,000.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:53
 
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