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EDC presents Opportunity Chatham on October 17[Oct. 6, 2014]
North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will be the keynote speaker for the Chatham Economic Development Corporation's sixth annual Opportunity Chatham, presented by Triangle Community Foundation. Secretary Tata will discuss his efforts to more closely link transportation investment with economic development.
Carolina Premium Foods okayed to apply for a Townsend’s plant upfit grant[Aug. 25, 2014]
The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) learned on August 22, 2014 that the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority in the NC Department of Commerce had approved a pre-application that authorizes Carolina Premium Foods to apply for a $750,000 grant. If successful, the grant would upfit the former Townsend processing plant in Siler City.
Chatham County again experiences increased visitor spending[Aug. 22, 2014]
The latest statewide tourism spending report shows that “domestic visitors” spent $30.77 million in Chatham County during 2012, an increase of 4.4 percent from 2012, continuing a multi-year trend of substantial growth in visitor spending. On August 14, 2014, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports released the results of the annual study conducted by the U.S. Travel Association.
CCCC plans workforce training for Chatham-Randolph megasite[Aug. 22, 2014]
Excitement is running high at Central Carolina Community College as it works with city, county, state and industry representatives to develop a blueprint for workforce training at the Chatham-Randolph industrial manufacturing megasite. The 1,800-acre Chatham County site, located northwest of Siler City, is ideal for an automotive assembly plant as well as original equipment manufacturers, according to Southern Business & Development magazine. It ranked the megasite as the No. 3 site in the South - and No. 1 in the state - for an auto assembly plant.
Also: Chatham Randolph Megasite
Chatham commissioners honor Walmart for funding local food needs[Aug. 19, 2014]
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution on August 18, 2014 commending Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for its financial support of two local programs that provide food for residents having trouble making ends meet. The resolution expresses appreciation to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for its financial support of programs offered by the Chatham County Council on Aging and the CORA Food Pantry that help provide food to residents in need. Soto is the market manager for store operations in North Carolina.
Chatham EDC board welcomes new officers[Aug. 5, 2014]
The Chatham Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors elected new officers for its current fiscal year. Chris Ehrenfeld, a Chatham County real estate developer and entrepreneur, will serve as the board’s chair. Pittsburgh native, Ehrenfeld owns Domicile Realty, Governors Club Realty, Bold Construction and several other Chatham County businesses, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In addition to his involvement with the Chatham EDC, Ehrenfeld is currently on the boards for the Chatham Education Foundation and the Central Carolina Community College Foundation.
Walmart grant extends Chatham Council on Aging’s frozen meals program[Aug. 4, 2014]
The Chatham County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that the Frozen Meals Program has been extended until June 30, 2015 thanks to $35,000 from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The program originally was restarted in 2013 with funds from the Carolina Meadows Retirement Community and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners after seeing the need.
Certified Chatham Megasite is vital step for local economic growth[Jun. 20, 2014]
A vital step in positioning Chatham County and the Siler City area for major economic development has been achieved with the recent state certification of the Chatham Randolph Megasite, a 1,818-acre industrial site west of Siler City. State certification means that the site has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that it is ready for immediate development, which makes it more attractive to industries.
Siler City Development Organization to host megasite forum on June 19[Jun. 1, 2014]
The Siler City Development Organization is hosting a public meeting Thursday, June 19 to discuss what the community can do to support successfully attracting a business to the Chatham Randolph Megasite. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Siler City’s First United Methodist Church (1101 W. Raleigh St.) from 6 – 9 p.m. A light supper will be provided.
Alpha Install adds solar array to its building in Pittsboro[Jan. 13, 2014]
Two years ago Alpha Install made the choice to relocate its operations to Pittsboro. The company purchased the old Chevy dealership on Highway 15-501 and proceeded to work with the Town of Pittsboro, the Chatham County Economic Development Corp., and the NC Rural Center to create jobs and enhance the empty property utilizing a reuse grant.
County officials excited to have Strata Solar in Chatham[Jan. 3, 2014]
One of the most successful solar energy companies in the nation, Strata Solar, recently moved its headquarters to Chatham County, where it already had located its warehouse and a one-megawatt solar farm. The company has 90 employees but expects to be at 100 by January.
Chatham County posts lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina[Dec. 10, 2013]
The latest employment report for October 2013 from the N.C. Department of Commerce shows Chatham County as having the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.7 percent. Chatham’s jobless rate has not been this positive since May 2008. Based on state reports, the number of employed people in Chatham County has actually climbed by 191 since October 2012 and 1,117 since October 2011.
Honesty, business acumen have served retailer Harold Hart well[Oct. 7, 2013]
Ask anybody in the trade about furniture veteran Harold Hart and the first words you hear will likely be "honesty" or "integrity." Hart, owner of Hart Furniture in Siler City, N.C., is known in the industry as one of its most sincere voices. The longtime distributor and retailer is also renowned for his knack for turning closeouts into big business.
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