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Pharmaceutical Company Expands In Guilford County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 08 October 2021 17:29
 Pharmaceutical manufacturer, Cambrex Corporation, will create 78 new jobs in Guilford County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $30 million to expand its manufacturing center of excellence in High Point.
 
“We are excited to celebrate Cambrex’s expansion on National Manufacturing Day,” said Governor Cooper. “When thriving pharmaceutical companies continue making life-changing medicines in North Carolina, it validates our reputation as a place where life science companies can flourish and do groundbreaking work.”
 
Cambrex is a leading small molecule company that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With 40 years’ experience, Cambrex serves clients in North America and Europe by providing full-service research, development, and commercial manufacturing. The manufacturing center of excellence in High Point will expand its small batch manufacturing capacity with additional production and laboratory space.
 
“Cambrex’s mission is to support our pharmaceutical customers in the development and manufacturing of new therapies that improve human health,” said Thomas Loewald, Cambrex CEO. “As a result of our High Point team’s commitment to providing our customers best-in-class technical expertise, innovative chemistry, and engineering solutions, the facility has seen rapid growth in demand for our development and manufacturing services. We are extremely excited about this expansion in North Carolina, which would not have been possible without the support of the State’s leadership and economic development programs, and their focus on nurturing the region’s skilled and diverse workforce.”
 
“The life sciences and manufacturing sectors are major contributors to North Carolina’s economic success,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With the execution of the state’s First in Talent strategic plan, we will continue to develop a skilled, diverse, and inclusive workforce that will help attract and support the growth of innovative manufacturers like Cambrex.”
 
The company’s new positions include operations, scientists, quality assurance and administrative personnel. Although wages will vary, the average annual salary for all new positions is $96,167, creating a potential payroll impact of more than $7.5 million per year. Guilford County’s overall average annual wage is $50,603.
 
A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Cambrex’s expansion to North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
 
“This is an outstanding announcement for our region and the entire state,” said N.C. Representative Cecil Brockman. “Cambrex’s increased investment in the Triad proves that our incredible assets, especially our well-educated talent, are second to none.”
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Cambrex’s expansion to our community,” said N.C. Senator Michael Garrett. “Our life sciences hub is growing with the success of companies like Cambrex and the research institutions that call the region home.”
 
Earlier this week, Governor Cooper proclaimed this week North Carolina Manufacturing Week with manufacturing announcements statewide. With more than 452,000 manufacturing employees across the state, North Carolina is home to the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast and ninth largest in the nation. Manufacturing accounts for 19.5% of North Carolina’s economic output at $107.1 billion. Manufacturing Week also celebrated an additional 200 jobs in Catawba County on Tuesday and 87 jobs in Davidson County on Wednesday.
 
Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, GuilfordWorks, Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, High Point Economic Development Corporation and the City of High Point.
 
Waxhaw Gets State Grant For Downtown Project PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 08 October 2021 17:15
The Town of Waxhaw has been awarded $425,000 from N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). The town received the grant money for Phase II of the Waxhaw Downtown Park project. 
 
PARTF awarded over $5 million in grants to fund 14 local parks and recreation projects across the state. Local communities had to apply for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.  Each year, the N.C. Parks & Recreation Authority is required to allocate 30 percent of PARTF’s total funding to local government projects.
  
N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority considered 58 local grant applications requesting $19.3 million in total. The maximum grant awarded for a single project was $500,000. Awardees must match funds dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.
  
Town Manager Jeff Wells said, “Receiving this PARTF grant is a pivotal moment for Waxhaw. Our staff worked hard to produce a competitive grant application and succeeded. Dena Sabinske, our Parks & Recreation Director, led this process and provided outstanding leadership.” 
 
Sabinske echoed Wells saying, “we are excited for the opportunity for new educational and nature base amenities.” Sabinske added “The PARTF grant will help with supplementing the cost of these awesome amenities like an interpretive nature playground, interactive water play, sport multi-use court, multi-purpose pavilion, small gathering pod areas, amphitheater, and walking paths.” Sabinske says “this is a wonderful way to partner with the State grant system to bring recreational amenities to the local park system.”
 
Wells added, “Special thanks to the Board of Commissioners for providing the resources, support, and encouragement to staff to make it through the process. This grant is a tremendous accomplishment for our organization and truly was a Team Waxhaw effort.”  
  
The Town of Waxhaw is located south of Charlotte, North Carolina in Union County. Waxhaw has 70 active acres (soon to be 80 acres) of parks and trails and is home to the Carolina Thread Trail’s signature Cross-State Suspension Bridge, a 170-foot long suspension bridge connecting the North and South Carolina trails. The town has grown tremendously to become a popular hub of restaurants, retail, and community events over the last decade. The town was incorporated in 1889 and celebrated its 130th anniversary in March 2019.
 
 
Chatham Commissioners Apologize For 1921 Lynching PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 17:24

On September 20, 2021, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution formally apologizing for any participation by a Chatham County elected or appointed official in the 1921 lynching of Eugene Daniel.

On September 18, 1921, Daniel, who was 16 years old, was unlawfully taken from the Chatham County jail in Pittsboro and lynched by a mob of residents on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation. Daniel was denied the opportunity to present his defense and his constitutional right to a fair trial.

There is evidence that a Chatham County Commissioner, the Chatham County Sheriff, the Chatham County Coroner, and the Chatham County Jail Keeper were complicit in the perpetration of Daniel’s lynching. No suspects were ever investigated or prosecuted.

The Board of Commissioners hopes to publicly acknowledge these facts and offer a formal apology for the heinous acts committed against Daniel.

“The lynching of Eugene Daniel is a painful part of Chatham County’s history, and while our apology can’t change what happened, we feel it is an important step in helping his family and our entire community heal,” said Chatham County Commissioner Karen Howard, who read the resolution. “I am deeply grateful for my fellow commissioners and our supportive staff who helped make this happen. Taking actions like this demonstrates our steadfast commitment to make the Chatham community a better place today – and welcoming to everyone.”

Lynching was a form of terrorism in the United States, practiced predominantly against African Americans, that claimed thousands of lives. Nearly all of those involved in these lynchings went unpunished. 

 
Henderson County Names Director Of Business And Community Development, PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 17:18
Henderson County is excited to announce that Christopher Todd, Town Manager of Laurel Park, has accepted an offer to become the Director of Business and Community Development, a position that became available when John Mitchell took over the helm as Interim County Manager.
 
“I am excited to have Chris join our team.  High quality customer service for the citizens of our County remains our number one goal.  I know that Chris will bring experience and leadership to our Business and Community Development departments,” said John Mitchell.
 
Having been employed as a Planner with the Henderson County Planning Department, Mr. Todd has first-hand experience in Planning and Zoning.  He has continued to polish his skills with the knowledge that he has gained working as the Town Manager in both Sawmills, NC, and the Town of Laurel Park.  
 
Mr. Todd stated “I want to thank Henderson County Manager John Mitchell for this opportunity to be part of the Henderson County team.  I am looking forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Henderson County in this new role as the Business and Community Development Director. It is a privilege to work alongside such a strong group of elected officials and staff to ensure the people of Henderson County receive the highest quality services possible.  My plan is to hit the ground running.  I will work to keep vital county projects moving forward, maintain and improve our business-friendly environment, and ensure the highest quality of customer service for all residents and businesses.”  
 
Mr. Todd’s first day with Henderson County will be November 8, 2021.
 
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