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Fair Bluff Wins Grant To Build Business Center PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 13:39
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $4.8 million grant to the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, to construct the Town of Fair Bluff Small Business Center. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.2 million in local investment, is expected to create or retain 60 jobs, and spur $2.4 million in private investment.
“The Trump Administration is committed to creating new job opportunities for Americans in Opportunity Zones,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This small business center will provide existing and new businesses a space to operate and catalyze redevelopment of Fair Bluff following significant damage caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018.”
“This investment funds construction of the Town of Fair Bluff Small Business Center, along with related water, electrical and road infrastructure essential to the continued success of the facility,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “The project will allow Fair Bluff to accelerate small business development, and the project’s location in an Opportunity Zone will attract additional private investment and spur future growth.” 
“This small business center funding will mean businesses in and around Fair Bluff can get the help they need to build and grow jobs,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This is an investment in people who are driving the economy in rural North Carolina.”
“When I visited Fair Bluff following Hurricane Florence, I saw a tight-knit and resilient community that was determined to rebuild after being hit by two devastating storms,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “This federal grant will play a key role in the rebuilding process, providing Fair Bluff with resources to support small business development and job creation.”
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, which EDA funds to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs. 
The funding announced today goes to one of North Carolina’s 252 Opportunity Zones. Created by President Donald J. Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are spurring economic development in economically-distressed communities nationwide. In June 2019, EDA added Opportunity Zones as an Investment Priority, which increases the number of catalytic Opportunity Zone-related projects that EDA can fund to fuel greater public investment in these areas. To learn more about the Commerce Department’s work in Opportunity Zones, please visit EDA’s Opportunity Zones webpage. To learn more about the Opportunity Zone program, see the Opportunity Now resources page here. 
This project is funded by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-20), which provided EDA with $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds for disaster relief and recovery for areas affected by Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and other major natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2018, and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Please visit EDA’s Disaster Supplemental webpage
Housing Authority Of Winston-Salem Wins Federal Grant PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 12:35
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem (HAWS) for a redevelopment project.
Senator Tillis sent a letter to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson advocating for the grant and worked with the city of Winston-Salem to support the application for the grant.
“After working with Mayor Joines, the city of Winston-Salem, and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency, I am proud we were one of four projects selected to receive funding for this grant that will allow the city to connect two important neighborhoods,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Secretary Carson and President Trump for this $30 million grant that will help Winston-Salem bring the community together, provide a new elementary school, and develop much-needed affordable housing
Beverage Company to Add 226 New Jobs in Burke County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 May 2020 09:42
Unix Packaging, a California-based contract manufacturer of branded and private label beverages, will create 226 new jobs in Burke County. , The company will invest $19 million to locate its first East Coast manufacturing facility in Morganton.
“Companies like Unix Packaging continue to choose North Carolina as the right choice for East Coast operations,” said Governor Cooper. “This decision shines a bright spotlight on North Carolina’s strong economy and ability to support growing companies amid this global pandemic.” 


Unix Packaging, founded in 2010, specializes in turn-key production of functional beverages, flavored water, alkaline and vapor distilled water, carbonated soft drinks, and other specialty beverages such as kombucha. Headquartered in Montebello, Cal., the company will establish its third state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing, bottling, and packaging beverage products for well-known national retailers. In addition to its Morganton production facility, Unix will also operate a warehouse for storage of raw materials and finished products.
“Unix Packaging is very excited to commence operations in Morganton, North Carolina,” said Bobby Melamed, CEO of Unix Packaging. “After extensive research, we determined Morganton, North Carolina is the ideal location for our first east coast facility, and we have been welcomed with open arms by the State and local agencies. We look forward to contributing to this community by creating jobs and making longstanding investments that will benefit the community as a whole.”
“North Carolina’s exceptional workforce, market access and infrastructure continue to make it an unbeatable destination for manufacturers of every kind,” North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland said. “The arrival of Unix Packaging will help sustain the state’s economic momentum as we overcome the adversity brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a collaborative state effort to attract the company.
Among the positions Unix Packaging will create in Morganton are operators, forklift drivers, shipping specialists, mechanics and office workers. The average annual salary for the new positions could exceed $39,000, with a payroll impact of more than $8.8 million per year for the local economy. The current average annual wage in Burke County is $36,801.
A performance-based grant of $500,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Unix Packaging’s location to Burke County. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One N.C. grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“We’re proud to welcome another national manufacturing leader to Western North Carolina,” said N.C. Senator Warren Daniel. “Unix Packaging is a quality company making quality products, and their choice of Morganton for this significant investment is evidence they also appreciate quality communities.”
“This is exciting news for the people of Burke County, who will benefit from the new jobs and investment dollars Unix Packaging is bringing here,” said N.C. Representative Hugh Blackwell. “I congratulate this growing company for the success that has led to this important expansion.”
In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, the North Carolina Community College System, Western Piedmont Community College, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Burke County, the City of Morganton, ElectriCities and Burke Development Inc.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 09:44
Reward Offered In Case Of Missing Lexington Man PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 29 May 2020 09:16
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 disappearance of Daniel Allan Price, age 30. 


On January 24, 2019, deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person, identified as Daniel Allan Price. Mr. Price was reportedly last seen at 133 Pearl Drive, Lexington, North Carolina, where he resided with two roommates. Mr. Price’s vehicle was located in the driveway at the residence but neither Price nor his roommates were located at the residence. Shortly after, Mr. Price’s roommates, Christopher Burgess and Natasha Myers, were also reported missing. Burgess and Myers returned home on January 27, 2019. However, Mr. Price did not return and is still missing.
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 242-2051, Lexington Area Crime Stoppers at (336) 243-2400 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 

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