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Cooper Doubles Reward In Randolph County Missing Person Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:51
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Jimmy Lee Isom. This is an increase from the $5,000 reward initially offered by the Governor in February 2018 and comes at the request of Sheriff Gregory J. Seabolt of Randolph County.
On September 3, 2017, Jimmy Lee Isom was reported missing. Since the Governor’s reward offer in 2018, detectives with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office have investigated all available leads reported and sought additional resources to aid in the investigation. At this time, detectives continue to believe Jimmy Lee Isom was murdered but have been unable to locate his body despite multiple coordinated search efforts.Anyone with information about this case should contact the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 318-6699, Randolph County Crime Stoppers at (336) 672-7463 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:54
Feds Make $6 Million Infrastructure Investment In Clayton Opportunity Zone PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 July 2020 08:20
The Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $6 million grant to the Town of Clayton, North Carolina, to make flood control infrastructure improvements needed to protect manufacturing and other businesses from flooding. The EDA grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $4.7 million in local funds and is expected to retain 1,650 jobs and generate $210 million in private investment.
“President Trump is committed to helping communities that have been impacted by natural disasters improve their infrastructure to ensure that businesses can keep operating in the event of future severe storms,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This critical sewer infrastructure improvement project will provide businesses located in the East Clayton Industrial Area, including two major pharmaceutical manufactures, with the modern infrastructure they need to maintain operations, and the project’s location in an Opportunity Zone will help drive additional private investment to Clayton.”
“The Town of Clayton and Johnston County were severely impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Providing businesses located in the East Clayton Industrial Area with the sewer capacity they need to remain operational will retain local jobs and the project’s location in an Opportunity Zone will further spur growth and diversification in the regional economy.” 
“North Carolina’s communities need strong, resilient water infrastructure to support economic development,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This funding provides water and wastewater improvements essential for clean water, public health, and a brighter economic future.”
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Triangle J Council of Governments, 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 webpage. To learn more about Opportunity Zone best practices, see the recently released White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Report to President Trump. 
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 for more information.
District Judges Appointed To Serve Orange, Chatham And Guilford Counties PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:56

Governor Roy Cooper announced two new judicial appointments to serve Orange, Chatham and Guilford counties.

“These appointees are valued leaders of their communities and bring a wide range of expertise to the bench,” Gov. Cooper said. “I am confident that they will serve their districts with fairness and a commitment to justice.”

Hathaway S. Pendergrass will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 15B (Orange and Chatham counties), filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James T. Bryan III. Pendergrass currently practices at Epting and Hackney Attorneys at Law, focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense. Along with volunteering his services for multiple Orange County organizations, he is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He earned his Juris Doctor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelvin D. Smith will serve as a District Court Judge in Judicial District 18 (Guilford County) and fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mark T. Cummings. Smith is currently the President of the Law Office of Kelvin D. Smith, PLLC, where he focuses on civil litigation and criminal defense. He is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Charlotte School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:58
Beverage Co-Packing Company to Add 231 Jobs in Cabarrus County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:41
 Prime Beverage Group, a new contract beverage manufacturer, will create 231 new jobs in Cabarrus County, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $68 million to establish their first manufacturing facility in Kannapolis. 
“North Carolina is the ideal location to create new products and serve new markets,” said Governor Cooper. “Prime Beverage Group’s first manufacturing facility in our state showcases our readiness to grow jobs and move our state’s economy forward.”
Prime Beverage Group is a beverage co-packing company that will contract with brand name beverage companies to mix and package their canned drinks. Formed by beverage industry leaders, Prime Beverage will establish a full-service state-of-the-art production facility in Kannapolis. The 300,000 square foot facility will include a warehouse and high-speed manufacturing lines to produce various high-quality products. With new packaging technology, Prime Beverage can fill up to 1,500 cans per minute.
“Utilizing the latest innovations in technology and high-speed equipment, Prime Beverage Group will bring much needed capacity at the highest efficiencies with the lowest cost to the co-packing market.” said Jeremy Lantz, CEO of Prime Beverage Group. “The decision to locate here in Cabarrus County is a reflection of the community of Kannapolis and the workforce that lives here and in the surrounding communities. Prime Beverage Group is excited to make Kannapolis our home.”  
“Prime Beverage Group is poised to lead the consumer beverages industry, and we welcome them as the newest member of our state’s manufacturing community,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “The company’s forward-looking market strategy will find in North Carolina’s economic landscape all the ingredients necessary for success.”
Among the positions Prime Beverage will add in Kannapolis are technicians, sales, operations, and managerial personnel. The average annual salary for the new positions could exceed $65,900, as compared to the current average annual wage in Cabarrus County of $38,892.
Prime Beverage’s project in North Carolina 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 is estimated to grow the state’s economy by nearly $1.2 billion. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the 231 new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $2,430,000, 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 Prime Beverage chose to locate in Cabarrus County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $810,000 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 Cabarrus, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities elsewhere in the state. More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
“Congratulations to Prime Beverage Group on its excellent choice of Cabarrus County for its new operations,” said N.C. Senator Paul Newton. “I look forward to watching this growing company find a home here and look forward to supporting their ongoing success.”
“Prime Beverage has made a great choice, and I appreciate the new jobs and investment dollars they’re bringing here,” said N.C. Representative Kristin Baker. “I commend the hard work of our economic development team in securing this exciting opportunity for the people of Cabarrus County.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce worked closely with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in leading a collaborative state effort to support the company’s expansion. Other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus County, Cabarrus Economic Development, the City of Kannapolis, and Duke Energy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:43

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