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GO BOLD! Initiative Centers on Bold Women in Bold Careers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When choosing a career path, the automotive, construction, logistics and manufacturing industries may not be on the radar for many women, but a new Cabarrus Economic Development initiative is working to change that.



Cabarrus Conversations: Concord Mayor Scott Padgett Reflects on Two Decades of Economic Development

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Scott Padgett

When Scott Padgett was elected to the Concord City Council in 1995, the city’s population was 30,000; today, approximately 90,000 people call Concord home. We sat down with the retiring mayor recently to reflect on the many changes he’s seen over the last 22 years, particularly in the area of economic development. 



Industry Spotlight: Motorsports and Automotive

Monday, August 28, 2017

As the focal point of the nation’s motorsports industry and the home of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cabarrus County provides the perfect environment for racing teams, automotive companies and related businesses to thrive.



How does Cabarrus County provide value to business owners looking to relocate?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For business owners and individuals considering a move, location and available opportunities are two significant factors to consider. 

Cabarrus County offers a wealth of opportunities related to its location and unique attributes. It is part of one of the most vibrant regions in the country, and it provides a range of amenities that make it the ideal place to live, work and play.



Investing in Cabarrus County

Monday, June 12, 2017

Successful economic development programs offer multiple benefits, including a better standard of living for citizens, more job opportunities, a diversified business base, smarter use of technology, and more. What are some of the ways Cabarrus Economic Development strives to foster investment in the county?



Business Briefs: Economic Development Summit Recap

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What matters most to business owners considering relocating to Cabarrus County? According to Jonathan Q. Morgan of the UNC School of Government, research indicates that the availability of skilled workers, access to highways, quality of life, and availability of buildings, labor costs, and corporate taxes are among the factors that play a role.



Business in Motion: Shifting Local Economic Development into High Gear

Friday, December 2, 2016

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.





Getting to know Robert Carney, Cabarrus Economic Development’s new executive director

Monday, October 31, 2016

 Robert (Robby) Carney

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 Spotlight: EDC supports future workforce through grant partnership

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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.



Business Briefs: EDC Team Hits Trifecta of Key Result Areas

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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.



Business Support Spotlight: Cabarrus County's Business Retention & Expansion Program

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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.



Business Spotlight: What’s brewing at S&D Coffee and Tea

Monday, February 8, 2016

John Buckner, vice president of marketing for S&D Coffee & Tea

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.



Cabarrus Conversations: Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mike Legg

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.



Cabarrus Conversations: Anna Lu Wilson, Town of Harrisburg

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Anna Lu Wilson, economic development director, Town of Harrisburg

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.



Workforce Spotlight: North Carolina Manufacturing Institute

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute honored its inaugural class on Friday, August 21, 2015.  After completing the eight-week program, the 12 individuals earned a national Certified Production Technician Safety Certificate.  Many of the graduates ac

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 Discusses the Concord Airport Business Park

Friday, September 18, 2015

 Chris Skibinski, Principal with Avison Young

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.  



Cabarrus Conversations: Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt

We recently chatted with Concord City Manager Brian Hiatt, who discussed the growing economic landscape and infrastructure projects on the horizon.



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