We recently visited with County Manager Mike Downs, who has spent more than three decades serving Cabarrus County, and asked him about highlights from 2016, the county’s economic landscape and plans for 2017.
As the wheels of progress continue to turn, businesses are constantly setting new goals and facing new challenges. There is a dynamic need to keep an eye toward continued prosperity and growth while keeping daily business moving forward. As such, Cabarrus Economic Development is dedicated to answering questions and addressing the needs of the business community to help keep the entire Cabarrus County community in motion.
Robert Carney stepped into his new role as executive director of Cabarrus Economic Development on Aug. 1. The Hickory native and East Carolina University graduate previously led the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. since 2010. Now that he’s had a couple of months to fully immerse himself in all things Cabarrus County, we asked him about his plans for leading economic development efforts and recruiting new business and industry to the area.
Education is a cornerstone of economic development, and as such, Cabarrus Economic Development is doing its part to inspire the next generation of advanced manufacturers and ensure the county’s future workforce has exceptional leaders in manufacturing.
From biotechnology to motorsports, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers unique workforce development and job training programs that support not only job seekers, but the business community as well.
The economic development stars aligned recently when the Cabarrus Economic Development team worked diligently and simultaneously on several projects that represented three fundamental areas: creating new product, supporting existing businesses and recruiting new businesses.
When it comes to questions about business in Cabarrus County, LeeAnn Nixon may not have all the answers, but she certainly knows how and where to get them. As the Existing Industry Specialist for Cabarrus Economic Development, Nixon heads up the Business Retention and Expansion Program – a key part of the EDC’s strategic plan that focuses on identifying industry needs and supporting business growth.
The Cabarrus Economic Development Team - Terry Crawford, interim president & CEO; Samantha Grass, project manager; LeeAnn Nixon, existing industry specialist; and Josh Fernandez, research & marketing assistant – share the latest insight on what’s happening at the EDC.
If you used coffee and tea jargon to describe the culture and workforce at S&D Coffee & Tea, it would be bold and bright, with a community-centric center and full-bodied flavor. In other words,
the country’s largest custom coffee roaster prides itself on being a gracious neighbor and surrounding itself with the very best employees.
We recently sat down with Mike Legg, city manager for the City of Kannapolis, who talked about successes in 2015 and major projects on the horizon this year.
The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is one of the area’s best-kept secrets, but that’s not a distinction its leaders hope to have much longer.
We recently sat down with Anna Lu Wilson, former Vice President of Business Services for Cabarrus Economic Development, who now serves as Economic Development Director for the Town of Harrisburg. She discussed the primary areas of the town’s growing economic landscape and other projects on the horizon.
When regional manufacturers expressed a need for an expanded pool of strong candidates, leaders from Cabarrus and Rowan counties banded together and sprang into action with a solution: creation of the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute.
Guest columnist Chris Skibinski, a Principal with Avison Young, shares the latest news at the Concord Airport Business Park, as well as his insights on Cabarrus County’s appeal to prospective industries.
We recently chatted with Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt, who discussed the growing economic landscape and infrastructure projects on the horizon.