With spring upon us, the downtown Kannapolis revitalization project is continuing to move ahead right on schedule. We’re fortunate that the city now controls a significant portion of the land downtown, which means our project components can move from the planning phase into design and construction relatively quickly.
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.
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.
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.