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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”