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Cabarrus Economic Development Hosts First Annual Cabarrus Industry Race Challenge

Published Thursday, April 26, 2018


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Cabarrus Economic Development Hosts First Annual Cabarrus Industry Race Challenge

CONCORD, N.C. – Over 125 people from 35 companies gathered at K1 Speed on Thursday, April 19th to attend the first annual Cabarrus Industry Race Challenge. The challenge was created to celebrate and show appreciation for Cabarrus County manufacturers and distributors.

“Cabarrus Economic Development was honored to host such a great event for our industries and community leaders,” said Robert Carney, executive director of Cabarrus Economic Development. “Our goal was to bring these two groups together and have some fun. We accomplished this goal and are looking forward to growing this event in the years to come.”

Leadership and employees from companies all throughout Cabarrus County participated in the challenge at K1 Speed. The challenge featured go-karts that go up to 45 miles per hour. Fun-Tees finished in first place. PRO-FABrication and Windshear took home second place and third place, respectively.

Lynne Butler, operations manager for Fun-Tees, said, “We were super excited to be a part of first annual Cabarrus Industry Race Challenge -- and even more excited that we won! It was great to see the diversification of businesses in Cabarrus County and the representation of their companies.” She added, “This event showed why we should be proud of doing business in Cabarrus County. We look forward to defending our title next year!”

After the industries completed their heats, elected officials from Cabarrus County and its five municipalities (Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mount Pleasant) competed for the title of fastest government in Cabarrus County. Ryan Dayvault, councilman for the City of Kannapolis, took home first place for Kannapolis.

“I had a blast competing against the other municipalities and colleagues! The camaraderie was great,” said Ryan Dayvault. “Having such events that bring industries together with our government organizations and integrated with the racing history of our county is a tradition that needs to be continued.”

Once the racing concluded, attendees congregated and enjoyed food from local food trucks and beverages from Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company. Attendees from companies were able to engage with elected officials, community partners and fellow industries.

 “In addition to celebrating and showing appreciation for our industries, we also aimed to create awareness of the variety of products and capabilities in Cabarrus County,” said LeeAnn Nixon, existing industry project manager of Cabarrus Economic Development. “An annual industry appreciation event encourages business leaders to come out, build relationships while having fun and create opportunities for collaboration.”

Cabarrus Economic Development will work to build off the success of the first annual Cabarrus Industry Race Challenge going forward.

About Cabarrus Economic Development

Cabarrus Economic Development serves as the lead economic development agency for Cabarrus County and its five municipalities: Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mt. Pleasant. Cabarrus Economic Development recruits and assists businesses with their relocation and expansion plans and has an established program to support existing local business.


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