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Governor McCrory Offers $10,000 Reward In Slaying of Shelby Police Officer PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 12 September 2016 16:00
Governor Pat McCrory is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case of a slain Shelby police officer. 
Officer Tim Brackeen died from his injuries Monday after he was shot while serving a warrant early Saturday morning.
Brackeen attemped to serve a warrant for 23-year-old Irving Fenner Jr. when Fenner allegedly shot Brackeen in the torso. 
Fenner is on the run and now had an outstanding warrant on him for attempted murder. That charge has now been upgraded to first degree murder. Previously, he was wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Anyone with information about this case has been asked to contact the Shelby Police Department at (704) 484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. 
Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said McCrory visited Brackeen in the hospital Sunday according to WBTV
McCrory also issued a statement Monday afternoon about Brackeen's passing.
“Ann and I are offering thoughts and prayers to both the Brackeen family and to the Shelby Police Department for the loss of their colleague,” said Governor McCrory. “Unfortunately this is another tragic example of the dangers those in law enforcement face in the line of duty each time they put on the uniform. The state is offering any assistance possible to help bring the individual or individuals responsible for his death to justice.” 
Officer Brackeen is a 12-year veteran of the department and former officer of the year.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Brackeen. The page says "the funds raised will go to help Tim, Tim's wife, and daughter during their time of crisis."
Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 16:13
Former Wilmington Lawmaker Appointed to Coastal Resources Commission PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Donna Martinez   
Monday, 12 September 2016 15:32
Former North Carolina House member Rick Catlin has been appointed to the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. 
Catlin, a Republican who represented Wilmington, was co-chairman of the House Environment Committee. He received an award last year from the N.C. Coastal Federation for his efforts to protect and restore coastal resources. 
The governor has appointed Holly Grange to fill out the remainder of Catlin’s term this year. Grange won the Republican primary in March; she is unopposed on the fall ballot.
The Coastal Resources Commission establishes policies and adopts rules for coastal development.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 15:33
One North Carolina Fund Awards 40 Grants PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 15:39

Governor Pat McCrory announced 40 companies across 16 communities received awards from the fund, totaling $1.95 million in grants from the One North Carolina Small Business funds. 
“These awards enable home-grown North Carolina businesses to bring exciting new technologies to the global marketplace, and in the process create great jobs here at home,” said Governor McCrory“The One North Carolina Small Business Fund is a highly effective tool in supporting our state’s innovation economy.”
Sixty-three percent of the program’s awards during the last year went to biotech-related companies. I/T firms constituted 16 percent of awardees. Other recipients included firms in advanced materials, photonics and defense. The program matches federal funds awarded through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs.
Recipient companies engage in cutting-edge research that seeks to address pressing challenges. Mycosynthetix Inc, a Hillsborough life sciences firm, is pioneering new therapies to fight deadly water-born amoebas. “The One NC matching fund program enables us to leverage our research activities into the discovery of new medicines for rare infectious diseases, while at the same time growing our company and our reputation,” said Dr. Cedric Pearce, chief executive office at Mycosynthetix, one of the current award recipients. The company currently employs a full-time staff of four.
“Early-stage funding is often what keeps technology companies alive in their infancy and youth and puts them on the path toward success,” said Dr. John Hardin, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation, which administers the One NC Small Business Fund. “One NC Small Business grants enable firms to boost their technology commercialization efforts, thus making emerging technologies more competitive for angel and venture capital funding, which speeds their access to market.”
North Carolina Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 2017 fiscal year. Eligible applicants must receive a federal SBIR/STTR grant between July 1 2016-June 30, 2017. For additional information, click here.


Electrical Transmission And Distribution Supplier Will Expand In Wilson PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:31
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced the expansion of Peak Demand Inc. in Wilson County. The company intends to create 37 jobs over the coming three years. Peak Demand is investing nearly $2.6 million in a new headquarters and manufacturing facility.
“North Carolina's business climate, talent and quality of life continue to attract companies from around the world,” said Governor McCrory. “Peak Demand builds on an exceptional pool of engineering talent in the power equipment industry and ready access to U.S. and international markets.” 
Peak Demand is a global supplier of electrical transmission and distribution products, including insulators, bushings, components and current transformers. The company is a unit of China’s Nanjing Zhida Electric Co. Ltd., a privately held manufacturer founded in 2001. Peak Demand will serve Nanjing Zhida Electric’s customers in North America, Central America and South America. Wilson will serve as its base of operations in the Americas.
“Our state’s productive workforce, competitive costs and stellar business climate will support Peak Demand’s bold vision for growth in the Americas,” said Secretary Skvarla.
Peak Demand intends to hire 37 workers at its operations in Wilson, in addition to a staff of seven the company has at a temporary location there. Positions will range from manufacturing operators to executive-level management. Salaries will vary by position but will average at least $65,714 per year. Overall annual wages in Wilson County currently average $40,812.
“We are excited to make Wilson our home,” said Jon Rennie, President and CEO of Peak Demand, “We are a team of industry veterans with a mission to revolutionize customer service in the electric utility products market. Our on-line tools and quick-ship processes are helping customers respond quicker to the critical demands of the electrical grid.  In Wilson and in North Carolina, we have found a community that understands the importance of business growth and the unique needs of manufacturers. We look forward to a long, successful history here.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments. 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in January of 2013, North Carolina’s economy has generated more than 300,000 new jobs.
Numerous state and local allies worked with EDPNC and N.C. Commerce in supporting Peak Demand’s location plans. They include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Wilson County, City of Wilson, and the Wilson Economic Development Council.

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