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Governor Offers Reward In Durham Murder Case PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 06 October 2016 15:38
Governor McCrory Offers Reward in Murders in Durham County
 
Governor Pat McCrory is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Dewayne Carroll Greer, Sr. and his son, Dewayne Carroll Greer, Jr.
 
On June 10, 2016, deputies found the bodies of Dewayne Carroll Greer, Sr., age 51, and his son Dewayne Carroll Greer, Jr., age 18, inside a house on Angier Avenue in Durham. The execution style manner in which the victims were killed indicates it was a deliberate act and they were the intended victims.
 
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, at (919) 560-0880, Durham County Crimestoppers at (919) 683-1200 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500.
 
Corning Optical To Launch $83 Million, 205 Job Expansion In Triad PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:59
Corning Optical Communications LLC will expand operations at its North Carolina facilities in Hickory and Winston-Salem. The company plans to add 205 jobs and invest nearly $83.5 million in the state over the next five years.
 
“This expansion will build on the more than 300,000 new jobs added in North Carolina since 2013 and will further support our position as one of the fastest growing economies in the nation,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Corning’s decision to further invest in North Carolina is a testamnt to our highly-skilled workforce, access to markets and improving business climate.”
 
Corning Optical Communications is a worldwide provider of fiber optic communications solutions for voice, data and video networks. Its 160-year-old parent company, Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW], creates applications in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics in developing transformative products for industries and consumers. It reported $9.8 billion in core sales in 2015. Corning Optical Communications is a $3 billion segment of Corning Incorporated that employs more than 3,000 people throughout North Carolina across multiple operations and ventures. 
 
“Corning is in its 45th year of delivering high-performance fiber optic solutions to global network operators,” said Clark S. Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications. “This long history in North Carolina – and our planned expansions – would not be possible without the ongoing support of local, county, and state government entities. This decision is a win/win for the Hickory and Winston-Salem communities and for our highly skilled, diverse, and dedicated employees who work and live there.” 
  
Corning’s expansion adds 105 people at its Hickory plant and 100 employees in Winston-Salem. While compensation will vary by position, the average yearly salary of Corning’s new positions will be $58,151. Overall annual wage levels in Catawba and Forsyth counties currently average $38,238 and $49,817, respectively.
 
“Corning’s growth in North Carolina underscores the value of North Carolina’s strong support for our existing businesses,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. “In partnering with global manufacturers like Corning to connect with strategic business objectives, North Carolina wins jobs and investment that make our economy arguably the best-performing in the nation.”
 
Corning’s expansions in Catawba and Forsyth counties will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee today. Under the terms of the company’s JDIG, Corning is eligible to receive up to $1.93 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by N.C. Commerce and N.C. Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall tax benefit to the State of North Carolina. The state reimbursement is contingent upon local participation from the county or municipality.
 
By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Tier 3 counties such as Forsyth County, 25 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated counties. JDIG-supported projects in Tier 2 counties such as Catawba direct 15 percent of the award to the Utility Account. Corning’s expansion could provide as much as $643,000 in new funds for the Utility Account. More information on county tier designations is available here. 
 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina’s economy has generated more than 300,000 net new jobs.
 
Numerous partners joined with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC in supporting Corning’s expansion. They include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Catawba County, Forsyth County, the City of Hickory, the City of Winston-Salem, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.
 
550 Jobs Headed To Buncombe County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 09:42
Avadim Technologies Inc. will launch a major expansion at its operations in Buncombe County, creating 551 jobs over the next five years. Avadim is a life sciences company delivering Pathogenesis Based Therapies, addressing infection prevention, neuromuscular disorders and barrier repair. Avadim will invest nearly $20.4 million in its North Carolina expansion over the five-year period.
 
“Great companies are born in North Carolina and great companies grow here,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Avadim Technologies’ significant expansion adds an exciting new dimension to our biotechnology industry and to the economy of western North Carolina. Our state continues to attract global competition because of our improved business climate, highly skilled workforce and quality of life that is second to none.”
 
Founded in 2007, Avadim Technologies, Inc. is a life sciences company that has developed a new class of topical therapy solutions to address gaps in global health. The therapies work to protect and support natural physiological functions, preventing infections, improving neuromuscular disorders and enhancing wound care.
 
“North Carolina’s superior talent, engaged universities and unbeatable business climate will support Avadim as it executes this significant expansion,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. “Avadim’s growth in Buncombe County is further evidence that pioneering life sciences businesses are thriving in every corner of our state.”
 
Avadim will expand its product development, manufacturing, distribution and corporate headquarters operations. Among its new hires will be sales and marketing personnel, customer service representatives and I/T specialists. Salaries will vary by position, but the average annual compensation of the company’s new employees will be $50,816. Buncombe County’s overall average wage is currently $37,491 per year.
 
“As a lifelong resident of Buncombe County, it was important to me that our business expansion happen right at home,” said Stephen Woody, Chairman & CEO of Avadim. “Avadim will not only contribute to the health and well-being of individuals by addressing gaps in global health including infection, neuromuscular disorders and wound care, but also this expansion will contribute to our economy by continuing to cultivate a vibrant life sciences sector and spur jobs in western North Carolina.”
 
Avadim’s expansion in Buncombe County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Under the terms of the JDIG, the company is eligible to receive up to $4.9 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by N.C. Commerce and N.C. Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall revenue benefit to the state of North Carolina.
 
By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Buncombe and other Tier 3 counties, 25 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated counties. Avadim’s expansion could provide as much as $1.63 million in new funds for the Utility Account. More information on county tier designations is available here.
 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, the state’s economy has generated more than 300,000 net new jobs.
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, N.C. Transportation, N.C. Revenue, Golden LEAF Foundation, Land of Sky Council of Governments, City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition.
 
State Awards $8.4 Million In Parks And Recreation Grants PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 19 September 2016 16:05
Governor Pat McCrory announced $8.4 million of grants from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund will be awarded to 32 local governments to help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.  
 
“North Carolina’s parks and recreation areas are experiencing all-time-high visitation rates and continue to be an essential part of our state’s quality of life,” said Governor McCrory. “These grants will continue to make North Carolina one of the best states in the nation to work, live and visit by preserving these treasured assets for generations to come.” 
 
The Parks and Recreation Authority considered 66 grant applications requesting $18.3 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.
 
“Our green spaces are what adds to our wonderful quality of life, and attracts tourists and new residents to our great state,” said Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. “The preservation of our natural environments North Carolina provides means more economic development and jobs for all of us.”
 
Since 2013, more than 136 grants have been awarded from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund totaling more than $29.7 million. 
 
The local governments receiving grants in the most recent cycle are: 
 
Asheville, French Broad River East Bank Greenway and Recreational Area, $350,000; 
Beaufort, Wrights Creek Phase II, $100,605; 
Bertie, Albemarle Sound Public Waterfront Access, $500,000; 
Bessemer City, North Park Phase I, $500,000; 
Brunswick, Ocean Isle Beach - Phase 2, $300,000; 
Canton, Recreation Park Redevelopment, $350,000; 
Conover, Conover City Park Expansion, $119,992; 
Denton, DREAM Play Structure at Harrison Park, $15,000; 
East Spencer, Royal Giants Park Renovations, $300,000; 
Fuquay Varina, Fleming Loop Recreational Park Development, $500,000; 
Granite Falls, Shuford Recreation Park Redevelopment, $196,875; 
Harnett, Government Complex Park Phase 1, $400,000; 
Henderson, Bell Trail Park, $350,000; 
Iredell, Jennings Park, $419,718; 
Jacksonville, City of Jacksonville Marina, $350,000; 
Kill Devil Hills, Bay Drive Multi-Use Path Extension Phase 3 & 4, $250,000; 
Lake Lure, Weed Patch Mountain Recreational Park, $350,000; 
Laurel Park, Rhododendron Lake Nature Park Phase 3, $80,000; 
Lenoir, Mulberry Optimist Park Expansion, $327,200; 
Lexington, Tri-Distributor Land Acquisition, $250,000; 
Littleton, Littleton Pocket Park, $78,300; 
Lucama, Lucama Community Park, Phase III, $25,000; 
Mebane, Mebane Community Park Land Acquisition, $355,802; 
Nags Head, Dowdy Park Phase II, $250,000; 
Pineville, Lake Park, $361,460; 
Pleasant Garden, Volunteer Park, $234,387;  
Rockingham, Planters Road Dan River Environmental Park & Access, $27,850; 
Siler City, Siler City Aquatic Facility, $480,035; 
Star, Forks of Little River Passive Park Improvements, $5,000; 
Teachey, Town of Teachey Playground, $30,000; 
Wake, Robertson Millpond Reserve, $251,097; 
White Lake, White Lake Multi-Use Trail, $305,285.
 
 
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