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N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority Approves Grants/Loans For 7 Local Governments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seven North Carolina local governments are a total of $2.5 million richer, thanks to grants and loans appropriated by the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA).

 
The RIA was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the N.C. Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state. The grants-making programs of the division include assistance for building reuse and restoration as well as infrastructure including water and sewer. 
 
Recipients:
 
-- Sampson County:  $566,925 to assist in the construction of an elevated water storage tank and 12-inch water line to a wood pellet production facility to be constructed by Enviva Pellets Sampson, LLC. Enviva will invest $105 million in constructing and equipping the new facility. The company produces wood pellets for export to utility customers in Europe. The pellets are shipped to Europe via the port at Wilmington. Enviva has committed to create 80 full-time jobs.
 
-- Town of Spruce Pine (Mitchell County): $238,575 to provide public sewer and water service for the retention of 232 jobs by PRC Industries.  PRC Industries will demolish a pre-treatment water system allowing the company to connect to the town’s system. 
 
-- Davie County:  $500,000 to support the reuse of a 108,480 sq. ft. building located at 205 Enterprise Way in Mocksville. The building was constructed in 2009 and has been vacant for five years. Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Inc., a manufacturer and retreader of aircraft tires, will move into the building and expand operations. The company has committed to creating 40 new, full-time jobs. 
 
-- The Town of Elkin (Surry County):  $300,000 to support the reuse of a 9,000 sq. ft. building located at 119 West Main Street. The building was constructed in 1915 and has been vacant for two years. Prism Medical Products, LLC, a distributer of durable medical equipment, will move into the building and expand operations. The company has committed to creating 30 new, full-time jobs.
 
-- The Town of Mocksville (Davie County): $332,500 to allow the town to support Gildan construction of a new manufacturing plant off Interstate Drive near I-40 in Mocksville.  The proposed improvements for this project are for industrial wastewater improvements. Gildan has committed to create 205 new, full-time jobs.  
 
-- McDowell County: $100,000 to allow the county to assist two companies that are being served by private wells. Suttles Trucking and Grading builds roads, provides environmental services, septic installation, and stream restoration services.  Adkins Transportation provides transportation for the food industry.  Both companies are in need of a reliable source of water in order to grow and maintain current operations.  Each company indicated that it can create five new, full-time jobs for a total of 10 new, full-time jobs.
 
 
-- The Town of Rutherfordton (Rutherford County): $500,000 to assist the town and allow Tryon Equestrian Properties to build an equestrian venue that will support both licensed and non-licensed equestrian events and other entertainment events that will support year round economic activity. Tryon Equestrian Properties will create 50 new, full-time positions.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:36
 
Jobs Watch: HondaJet Expands Operations In Triad PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:33

GREENSBORO, (AP) — HondaJet says it is spending $19 million to expand its world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greensboro.

 
The News & Record of Greensboro reports HondaJet officials mentioned the expansion during the 2014 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
 
A news release on the company's website says the expansion is designed to accommodate increasing sales and to add a hangar for delivery preparation.
 
Construction includes a nearly 50,000-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and a 24,405-square-foot hangar for aircraft production and delivery. The projects are scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2015.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:33
 
City Of Raleigh Under Scrutiny For Pro-Bond Video/Message On Website PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Raleigh voters seeking information about the city's $92 million parks bond referendum that appears on November's ballot will find only positive information about the bond on the city's website. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that on Monday, a pro-bond video was removed from the city's website after an inquiry from a reporter.

 
North Carolina prohibits local governments from using public funds to tell voters to vote "yes" or "no" on a ballot item. They are allowed, however, to inform and educate the public about the referendum.
 
That's where the rub comes in. The video on Raleigh's website was, according to the newspaper, could be deemed an "overly enthusiastic" pro-bond message. It featured testimonials from pro-bond citizens.
 
The bond, which would fund a variety of parks projects, will result in a property tax rate hike of 1.72 cents per $100 in valuation. The Wake County Taxpayer Association is opposed.
 
This is not the first time a local government has been called out for its advocacy of a ballot item. The issue has gotten the attention of some legislators, who say the law should be amended to be crystal clear in its intent to prohibit advocacy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:41
 
Jobs Watch: Ashley Furniture Expands Operations In Advance PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2014 10:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The market for bedroom furniture appears to be booming and North Carolina is poised to play a greater role in supplying the furniture to East Coast residents.

 
Ashley Furniture has announced it will expand its mid-Atlantic manufacturing and distribution center located in Advance. The expansion will add approximately 550 jobs to the state’s manufacturing economy. 
 
Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand for the celebration last week. The governor noted this major expansion comes less than two years removed from the facility’s groundbreaking.  
 
“Furniture and manufacturing have always been an integral part of North Carolina’s economic history,” said McCrory in a statement. “Ashley Furniture is building upon that tradition and becoming an important contributor to North Carolina’s economic future.”   
 
The company has been producing upholstery on the site since November 2012. Ashley employs roughly 600 workers, about half of which are on the upholstery side. 
 
Also on hand for the Ashley event were U.S Senator Richard Burr, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla, Mocksville Mayor Francis Slate and Mayor Lynn Rumley of Cooleemee.   
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:35
 
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