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Sensus Durham County Expansion Will Net 300 Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:35
Sensus USA, Inc., a provider of advanced metering technologies to utilities and municipalities, will expand its current operations in Durham County, creating 301 new jobs over five years. The company will invest $4 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019.
 
Sensus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company committed to developing technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. With its October 2016 acquisition of Raleigh-based Sensus, Xylem expanded its portfolio to include smart metering, network technologies and advanced data analytics for water, gas and electric utilities. Xylem’s Sensus business currently employs 684 people in North Carolina.
 
“Sensus is already doing business here in North Carolina, and the company knows the highly skilled talent, supportive business climate and world-class education system found across our state,” said Governor Cooper. “Sensus chose North Carolina for this expansion because our state has what it takes to help them succeed.”
 
Sensus has various operations in the Raleigh-Durham area, including a headquarters office, research and development operations and a manufacturing facility. Sensus is consolidating its footprint in the area and acquiring space to accommodate growing operations and new jobs.
 
“Xylem provides innovative products and compelling solutions to water and energy customers across the globe,” said Colin Sabol, Xylem Senior Vice President and President, Measurement & Control Solutions. “We look forward to recruiting and hiring dedicated hardware and software engineers, supply chain managers and technical support engineers in North Carolina with assistance from the Governor, Department of Commerce and its partners.” 
 
Salaries for the new positions will vary by position with an average salary of $94,927. The current average wage in Durham County is $67,537. 
 
“Sensus already employs more than 600 professionals in North Carolina, and this expansion will solidify Sensus’ partnership with our state,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “Expansions like this are testaments to our state’s talent, education and training opportunities and strong business climate.”
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s expansion.
 
Sensus’ expansion in Durham 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 $1.02 billion. 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 $3,513,000 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 Sensus chose to locate in Durham County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $1,171,000 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 3 county such as Durham, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities anywhere in the state. 
 
“I am proud to welcome Sensus’ expansion in Durham,” said N.C. Representative Marcia Morey. “Sensus is a strong partner here in Durham and recruits and employs talented professionals in our community. This next step will generate additional jobs and strengthen our partnership.”
 
“Durham’s proximity to leading universities and access to top talent make it a prime location for technology companies like Sensus,” said N.C. Senator Mike Woodard. “We look forward to supporting Sensus’ continued growth and success in our community.”
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System and Durham Technical Community College, Durham County, the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. 
 
Vidant Medical Files Application To Expand In Wilson County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 08 June 2018 09:02
Vidant Medical Group has filed a certificate of need application with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to develop a diagnostic center in a new medical office building in Wilson County.
 
The project is expected to cost $917,801 and would be completed in May 2022.
 
A public hearing for this project will be held June 12 at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Room, Wilson County Miller Road Office Building, 2201 Miller Road South, Wilson.
 
Anyone may file written comments concerning this proposal. Comments must be received by the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section no later than 5:30 p.m. on July 2.
 
Comments may be submitted as an attachment to an email if they are sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Comments may also be mailed to the following address:
 
            Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section
            Division of Health Service Regulation
            2704 Mail Service Center
            Raleigh, NC 27699-2704
 
For more information contact:
 
            Jane Rhoe-Jones, Project Analyst
            Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section
            (919) 855-3873
            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
 
Raleigh A Finalist For Site Of Army's Futures Command PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 08 June 2018 08:49
Raleigh is one of five finalists to host the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command, an organizational effort to consolidate the personnel that looks at the future threats the Army faces and what technology is needed to counter those threats.
 
“This decision comes as no surprise. Raleigh would be a perfect host of the Futures Command and the perfect home for the soldiers and their families, DoD civilians, academics, scientists, engineers, and innovators who are involved with the effort,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “Raleigh is in close proximity to Fort Bragg and the area offers an incredible combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living, and world-class research institutes that would support the Army. I will continue to work with our state leaders on a bipartisan basis over the next month to show that Raleigh truly is Army Strong.”
 
The Army expects the new headquarters to house about 500 civilian workers and uniformed staff who will work under a four-star general. A final decision will be made by June 30.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 08:51
 
Two Electric Cooperatives Receive Federal Loans For Line Improvements PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 08 June 2018 08:36

Two North Carolina electric cooperatives have received $27 million in federal loans for electric infrastucture improvements for their systems. 

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative received a $7.5 million Rural Development investment will be used to build 112 miles of line and make other system improvements. Rutherford serves 62,207 residential, 1,427 seasonal and 5,015 commercial consumers across 10 counties in southwestern North Carolina.

Rutherford Electric Cooperative recieved $20 million Rural Development loan which will be used to relocate a 115kV line to coincide with the new Bonner Bridge. A station service transformer to change voltage levels will be included with the installation. Cape Hatteras' service territory is located on Hatteras Island in Dare County along the Outer Banks. It serves 7,700 consumers over 347 miles of line. This region is a significant tourist destination, and the service area is heavily dependent on tourism.

Funding for these loans was included in the FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill. It allocates significant resources for infrastructure investments, including $6.25 billion to USDA for electric loans. The measure also directs Secretary Perdue to make investments in rural communities with the greatest infrastructure needs.

In addition to funding in the 2018 Omnibus bill, President Trump has proposed a $200 billion infrastructure investment plan that allocates 25 percent ($50 billion) to rural projects.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 08:43
 
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