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Carvana Will Bring 400 Jobs To Concord PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:53

Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars will locate a new inspection and reconditioning facility in Cabarrus County, creating more than 400 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $30 million in Concord over the coming years.

“The online marketplace only works for buyers and sellers when hardworking people are moving the supply chain forward. We know our quality workforce is a major reason why Carvana chose to grow and invest in our state,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Carvana, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., and known for its distinctive Car Vending Machines, champions a mission to change the way people buy cars. The company forgoes a traditional dealership infrastructure and instead has developed the technology to enable consumers to quickly and easily shop for used cars online. The company’s new project in North Carolina will create a facility to inspect, recondition, photograph and store cars to address the growing demand, nationwide, for The New Way to Buy a Car, playing a critical role in getting more Carvana customers their vehicles faster. Facilities such as this one intake and prepare used vehicles to then retail online; a procedure that includes a 150-point inspection and a photography process using high-definition cameras and patented, proprietary technology.

 “Carvana has been growing extremely rapidly over the last several years and we are working to bring The New Way to Buy a Car to even more customers all the time,” said Carvana’s Director, Infrastructure Development & Operations, Benjamin Morens. “As part of our efforts to scale the business, we’re looking forward to working with Cabarrus County and the state of North Carolina to open a vehicle inspection and reconditioning center, and become a member of the Concord community.”

 “North Carolina’s mid-Atlantic location offers companies the ideal base of operations for serving their customers,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “With nearly half the U.S. population accessible within a day’s drive from the state, North Carolina simplifies the logistical equation for companies.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s decision.

Although wages will vary depending on position, the average individual, annual salary for the new positions are estimated to reach more than $38,000, in line with the Cabarrus County average wage.

Carvana’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 $512 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the 413 new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,215,000, 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 Carvana 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 $405,000 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. 

“Carvana is a fast-growing company with an innovative business model,” said N.C. Senator Paul Newton. “We welcome these new jobs to Cabarrus County and our region.”

“How exciting when an underutilized property is revitalized with renewable energy,” said N.C. Representative Linda Johnson. “Carvana will thrive in its new home in Concord and our community will do everything we can to help this innovative company find success in Cabarrus County.”

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina Community College System, Cabarrus County, the City of Concord, and Cabarrus Economic Development.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:57
 
U.S. Justice Department Settles Case With Warren County Regarding Firing Of Teacher Serving In Reserves PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 09:10

The Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement with the Warren County, North Carolina, Board of Education (Warren County) that resolves a federal lawsuit brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) on behalf of Dwayne Coffer, a Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the Army Reserve.

In its complaint, the United States alleged that Warren County violated USERRA by eliminating Sergeant Major Coffer’s employment position while he was on active duty with the military and failed to re-employ him in a comparable position when he returned.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Warren County will reinstate Coffer to the position of Dean of Students at Warren County Middle School, and provide him with back pay and pension benefits. The reinstatement position is the one that Coffer held before his period of active duty with the Army.
 
“Command Sergeant Major Coffer was called upon to leave his civilian employment and serve our nation, and we are grateful for his service,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “This settlement agreement with Warren County Resolves the USERRA claims brought by the United States and serves as a reminder that our servicemembers, like CSM Coffer, deserve fair and lawful reemployment following their returns from active military duty.”
 
“Members of our Reserves, like Command Sergeant Dewayne Coffer, are often called away from their civilian jobs in order to provide the security our nation depends on,” said United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon of the Eastern District of North Carolina. “These citizen servicemembers should never face losing their jobs or be forced to accept an inferior position when they answer that call. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects these brave men and women, and, as this lawsuit demonstrated, the Department of Justice is committed to enforcing it when it is violated.”
 
USERRA safeguards the rights of uniformed servicemembers to return to their civilian employment following absences due to military service obligations and protect servicemembers from discrimination on the basis of their military obligations. This case stems from a referral by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) following an investigation by the DOL’s Veterans’
 
Employment and Training Service (VETS). After resolution failed, VETS referred the complaint to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. This lawsuit was handled by Deborah Birnbaum and Brian McEntire in the Employment Litigation Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael G. James in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
 
The Justice Department gives high priority to the enforcement of servicemembers’ rights under USERRA. Additional information about USERRA can be found on the Justice Department’s websites at https://www.justice.gov/crt/employment-litigation-section and https://www.justice.gov/servicemembers, as well as on the Department of Labor’s website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/userra.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 09:16
 
Xerox To Bring 600 Jobs To Wake County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:22

Xerox will build a new Center of Excellence in Cary, creating 600 jobs and invest $18.4 million in Wake County.

“Xerox, which had many locations to choose from, selected North Carolina because they know we can offer the highly-skilled workers they need, both now and in the future,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

The Cary Center of Excellence will be the fourth of its kind for the company in North America, joining Xerox’s three other centers located in Palo Alto, California; Webster, New York; and Toronto, Canada.

“The opening of our fourth Center of Excellence is an essential investment in Xerox's long-term future. This is a new multifunctional center that will be focused on accelerating our digital journey,” said Naresh Shanker, chief technology officer, Xerox. “Being home to a host of tech companies and educational institutions, North Carolina was a logical choice for us.”

“North Carolina is a leading center for innovation,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “Our state’s commitment to education and to the idea we must provide life-long learning opportunities for our workers is something technology companies recognize and reward.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s decision.

Xerox’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 $1.7 billion. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $12,324,750, 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 Xerox chose to locate in Wake County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 3, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $4,108,250 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 Wake, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities elsewhere in the state. 

“Another world-class business has selected Cary for a project that’s of vital importance to their company,” said N.C. Senator Wiley Nickel. “We’re very excited about Xerox’s decision to bring 600 jobs to Western Wake County. Cary is located in the heart of the Research Triangle and repeatedly ranks among the top places in the nation to begin or expand a business. This major expansion by Xerox solidifies Cary’s place as a national leader for good high paying technology jobs.”

“People from our region worked together to help make today’s announcement possible,” said N.C. Representative Cynthia Ball. “This spirit of collaboration will continue as we work to help Xerox grow and succeed here.”

North Carolina Department of Commerce and the EDPNC partners on this project include: the North Carolina Community College System, Wake Tech Community College, the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Wake County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Cary, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, and Wake County Economic Development.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 08:24
 
Two District Court Judges Appointed PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 September 2019 08:21

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Joseph Edgar Brown III and Christopher J. Welch to serve as District Court Judges in Districts 7 and 4, respectively.

"Ed has an impressive legal background and is a leader in his community," said Gov. Cooper. "I look forward to seeing him serve his district in this new role."

Joseph Edgar Brown III, of Wilson, North Carolina, will fill the seat in District 7 left vacant by the passing of the Honorable John Jay Covolo. District 7 serves Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. Brown is currently a partner at Sallenger & Brown, LLP and has over 28 years of private practice. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

"Christopher’s extensive legal experience makes him a great asset to our court system, and I’m grateful for his continued service to North Carolina," said Gov. Cooper.

Christopher J. Welch, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable William “Mac” Cameron in Judicial District 4 which consists of Duplin, Jones, Onslow and Sampson counties. Welch is currently a partner at Welch and Avery and a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law. He previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Onslow and Duplin counties. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trinity College and his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

 
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