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EDC Update: Checking in with Executive Director Robby Carney

Monday, August 20, 2018

Executive Director Robby Carney

When it comes to economic development, creating new “product” from conception to market is a complex and arduous process with a lifecycle that can extend for years. Take a drive through Cabarrus County, for example, and you’ll see expansive acres of land that appear ripe for development. But what many people don’t realize is there’s a long list of behind-the-scenes hurdles to clear before a piece of land can be transformed into a site-ready product.

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UNC Charlotte Graduates Stay Close to Home

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Recently, the Wall Street Journal released a fascinating study called “Where Graduates Move After College.” This study aimed to find where graduates from major academic institutions move after college as well as what markets succeed at attracting talent.

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Cabarrus Conversations: Getting to Know City Manager Lloyd Payne

Friday, June 8, 2018

Concord City Manager Lloyd Payne

Lloyd Payne was appointed Concord City Manager on April 1 after serving three years as Assistant City Manager. He succeeds Brian Hiatt, who retired after 19 years with the city. We sat down with Lloyd to talk about his first couple of months on the job, why he prefers to “manage by relationships,” how his deployments overseas helped in his new role, and how he earned the nickname “Wide Open.”  

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Academy of Engineering & Automation Helps Prepare Future Manufacturing Workforce

Friday, May 4, 2018

Student working with robotics

Designing manufacturing production systems. Writing resumes and interviewing for jobs. Building robots. Using 3D printers to make assistive devices. These are some of the real-world, hands-on learning opportunities offered through the Academy of Engineering & Automation at Jay M. Robinson High School.

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Positive Outlook for Cabarrus County Job Seekers, Employers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

There’s good news on the Cabarrus County workforce front for both job seekers and employers. “The unemployment rate in Cabarrus County is 4 percent, which is lower compared to 4.5 percent last year and 5.1 percent in 2015,” said Denisha Torrence-Nesbit, center leader for NCWorksCareer Center – Cabarrus County. “With all of the new businesses coming to the county, we have a sufficient amount of available jobs.”

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Cabarrus Conversations: Concord Mayor Bill Dusch

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mayor Bill Dusch

Bill Dusch’s involvement with the City of Concord has come full circle over the last three decades – from alderman’s son to mayor.

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Concord Regional Airport Update: A Flight Plan for the Future

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dirk B. Vanderleest

Just a few weeks into his new role as Aviation Director of Concord Regional Airport and Dirk B. Vanderleest is already off to a flying start.

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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.

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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. 

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New Documentary Explores the Life and Legacy of Charles A. Cannon

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cannon Mills

The concept of “live, work, play” was alive and well in the city of Kannapolis – about 100 years ahead of its time. A new documentary, “Charles A. Cannon: A Mind for Business, a Heart for People,” takes an in-depth look at an important piece of U.S. industrialist history and how Cannon’s leadership and philanthropy continue today.

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Business Briefs: The Search for a New Tenant at Philip Morris Campus

Monday, October 30, 2017
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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. The Cabarrus Economic Development team is taking this Albert Einstein quote to heart as they focus efforts on finding a new tenant for the Philip Morris industrial campus – one that brings substantial tax base, employment opportunities and the ability to transform an entire 2,100-acre corridor of Concord.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Guest Columnist: Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg Gives Update on Downtown Revitalization Project

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

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Cabarrus Conversations: Q&A with Mount Pleasant Mayor Del Eudy and Town Administrator Randy Holloway

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cabarrus Conversations: Q&A with Mount Pleasant Mayor Del Eudy and Town Administrator Randy Holloway

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Cabarrus Conversations: Mike Downs, Cabarrus County Manager

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mike Downs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Business Support Spotlight: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Commitment to Workforce Development

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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Business Briefs: Catching up with the EDC team

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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