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Raleigh Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 09:48
The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that protects residents and visitors from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, natural hairstyle, and other characteristics in employment and public accommodations.   
The vote was unanimous and makes Raleigh the fifteenth jurisdiction in North Carolina to advance a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance in 2021. It comes on the heels of Wake County’s unanimous vote in favor of an ordinance yesterday, October 18.
All five of North Carolina’s top 5 cities have now passed LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances – including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem.  
Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC, said, "We're so pleased to see Raleigh take this historic step to expand nondiscrimination. Nearly 30 percent of the state's population is now covered by LGBTQ inclusive ordinances, and this represents a great change for the city of Raleigh and the state of North Carolina. Raleigh has taken a big step forward to protect LGBTQ people, especially for folks with multiple layers of marginalization, and this only grows momentum for the non-discrimination on the local, state, and federal level."
Raleigh City Council Member Jonathan Melton said."I'm proud to see the Raleigh City Council come together to take action and ensure our city is a place where all people feel protected, respected, and safe. As an LGBTQ person myself, it's so meaningful to know that my city is striving for inclusivity and dignity for everyone, and as an out elected official I'm grateful to work with colleagues committed to doing the right thing."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2021 11:04
Wake County Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 09:39
RALEIGH – The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance that protects residents and visitors from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, natural hairstyle, and other characteristics in employment and public accommodations. The vote was unanimous and makes Wake County, the most populous county in North Carolina, the fourteenth jurisdiction to advance a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance in 2021.  
Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC, said 
 “At the beginning of 2021, every LGBTQ person in our state was left vulnerable to discrimination – but now, ten months in, local nondiscrimination ordinances protect millions of residents. Actions like today’s vote in Wake County signals undeniable momentum for LGBTQ equality and a major cause for celebration.”
“Now, it’s time for state and federal lawmakers to take notice. North Carolinians should be protected no matter where they live or travel, and that requires action from the NC General Assembly and from our U.S. Senators.” 
Matt Calabria, Chair of the Wake County Commission, said :
“Wake County is a welcoming and inclusive community where we care about all of our residents and visitors. Our nondiscrimination ordinance helps ensure that all people are treated fairly and that no one is discriminated against because of who they are.”
Pharmaceutical Company Expands In Guilford County PDF Print E-mail
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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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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.

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