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Edenton And Tarboro To Use Commerce Designation In Economic Development PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 14:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - They're hoping to attract more residents and businesses to their cities, and now Edenton and Tarboro have a new tool in their toolbox. Both cities have been named Certified Retirement Communities by the state Department of Commerce.

The designation was established by the General Assembly in 2008.
“North Carolina is experiencing a healthy in-migration of retirees to the state, and this program aims to attract retirees and persuade them to put down roots here,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of the Commerce Department’s Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development, in a statement. 
 To gain certification, a local government must submit an application that includes a comprehensive community survey and assessment tool that spans numerous dimensions. They include demographics, housing, technology, health care, local economy, leisure and cultural opportunities, and more. 
"We are both excited and honored to be one of North Carolina's Certified Retirement Communities and look forward to the many opportunities the program will bring to Edenton and Chowan County as we continue to embrace folks looking for a new community in which to spend their retirement years,” said Roland Vaughan, mayor of Edenton, in the announcement.  “Edenton has those amenities, both tangible and intangible, to deliver a quality of life that is desired by many when looking for a new home. Our door is always open."
 Lumberton, Asheboro, Marion, Sanford, Mount Airy, Pittsboro and Eden are also Certified Retirement Communities. 
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 14:02
Alamance County Selected For New Manufacturing Facility With 100 Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:44


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Cambro Manufacturing has selected Alamance County for its manufacturing operations and has announced that its plans include the creation of 100 jobs as part of a $30.4 million investment over the next three years.
Salaries are expected to top $44,000 plus benefits, according to a statement about the new facility. 
The first phase of the project will include purchasing 28 acres of land and building nearly 220,000 square feet with rail access to supply raw materials. Additionally, the company will add seven injection molding machines to produce plastic products.
 “Alamance County and the city of Mebane are an ideal location to expand our capacity.  The high quality workforce, the ideal transportation location and the business-friendly nature of Mebane, Alamance County and the state of North Carolina make this an ideal fit for Cambro Manufacturing,” said Argyle Campbell, president and owner of Cambro in the statement. 
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $250,000. 
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Alamance Community College, Alamance County, the Alamance County Economic Development Foundation, the N.C. Department of Transportation, Town of Mebane, Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Railroad Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Duke Energy, Greensboro Partnership for Economic Development and the Workforce Development Board Regional Partnership.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:02
Eight Coastal-Area Cities And Towns Snag State Grants For Public Access Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Coastal governments looking for funding to help with public access to beaches and waters are getting their wish. The state Division of Coastal Management has awarded nearly $600,000 to eight local governments for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The grants have been awarded to:
-- Town of Swansboro received $35,250 to install a canoe/kayak launch, gangway, concrete walkway to parking, and a 45-foot boardwalk extension.
-- Town of Kitty Hawk received $52,941 for the installation of 16 paved parking spaces and associated improvements at an existing beach access.
-- Town of Atlantic Beach received $66,532 to replace and construct an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walkway and dune crossover.
-- City of Washington received $120,000 for the construction of a pier.
-- Town of Oriental received $47,250 to construct restrooms at the South Avenue Boat House Project.
-- Town of Windsor received $31,500 for the construction of parking, kayak staging and a walkway.
-- Town of Topsail Beach received $45,391 to construct an ADA-compliant dune crossover.
-- Town of Morehead City received $200,000 for the construction of an open pavilion at an existing waterfront park.
The division’s Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments in the 20 coastal counties. Governments that receive grants must match them by contributing at least 25 percent toward the project’s cost.
Funding for the grant program comes from the North Carolina General Assembly through the state’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, according to a statement from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Access projects may include walkways, dune crossovers, restrooms, parking areas, piers and related facilities. 
The grant program has provided more than $37 million for more than 300 public waterfront access sites since the program began in 1981. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:48
Commerce Department Promotes Exporting For Small Businesses In Western North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Entrepreneurs in the western part of North Carolina will have a unique opportunity to learn about how to build their export business, thanks to a new partnership between the International Trade Division and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The Global Appalachia Eye Opener Workshops were announced Wednesday by Commerce Department Secretary Sharon Decker. 
 “This strategic partnership will highlight how our team can help foster job creation throughout Appalachia,” said Secretary Decker in a news release. “Attendees will receive one-on-one consulting with our international trade experts who will describe the resources available to small businesses while also helping them develop export strategies.”
The schedule:
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Forsyth Tech Small Business Center, 1-4PM
- Thursday, April 24, 2014, Elkin Center of Surry Community College, 1-4PM
- Monday April 28, 2014, Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Building, Room 7316, 1-4PM
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College’s Technology Education & Development Center, 8-Noon
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Mayland Community College, Small Business Center, 1-4PM
- Thursday, May 15, 2014, Isothermal Community College The Foundation Performing Arts Center, 9-Noon
- Monday, May 19, 2014, Clay County Courthouse, 1-4PM
- Wednesday, June 4, 2014, The Walker Center, Wilkes Community College, 1-4PM
- Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, 9-Noon
North Carolina's International Trade Division has experts around the world focused on helping businesses thrive in North Carolina. The Division, through two domestic and six foreign office locations, provides expert assistance to North Carolina companies seeking overseas market opportunities. Our experienced and multilingual business development managers offer quality assistance and advice on exporting, and specialize in specific industry sectors. These managers consult with North Carolina companies and help evaluate opportunities as the companies enter unfamiliar global markets.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a unique federal-state partnership providing social and economic support for a 13-state region stretching along the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi.
Established by the United States Congress in 1965, when Appalachia was considered "a region apart" from the rest of the nation, ARC has worked to bring Appalachia's 22 million people into America's economic mainstream
In North Carolina, ARC supports economic development activities in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey counties.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:51

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