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Wake County Doubles Early Voting Sites PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:16
RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County early voters have more options. 
Early voting sites expanded from nine to 20 on Thursday. 
Early in-person voting continues through Nov. 5 and gives voters the chance to register to vote and vote on the same day. Election Day is Nov. 8.
Joint Venture Will Bring 100 Textile Jobs to Anson County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:01
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced the arrival of King Charles Industries, LLC to Anson County. The textile company intends to hire 100 people over the next three years at its new $12.5 million manufacturing site.
“North Carolina remains the Southeast’s leading state for manufacturing employment with more than 461,000 jobs,” said Governor McCrory. “Our manufacturing economy is highly innovative, diversified and competitive at the global level and we are delighted to welcome King Charles Industries to Anson County.”
King Charles Industries is a joint venture between Taiwan’s Kingwhale Corp. and Hornwood Inc, a 70-year-old North Carolina textile company. Kingwhale, founded in 1992, is a vertically-integrated provider of performance fabric and garments for the global apparel industry. The company was an official garment supplier for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Lilesville-based Hornwood makes an extensive line of products for buyers in the automotive, apparel, medical and other industries. It employs 350 in North Carolina. 
“This announcement shows the broad-base of North Carolina’s manufacturing leadership,” said Secretary Skvarla. “With its innovation and global nature, King Charles Industries is a 21st century take on one of our state’s traditional manufacturing industries.”
King Charles Industries will employ 100 workers at its new operations in Anson County. Positions will include skilled operators, shift supervisors, warehouse personnel and others. The company’s payroll will add nearly $2.8 million in annual salary impact to the local economy.
 “We are excited about the opportunity to build a new business with the latest in technology in Anson County,” said King Charles Industries Chairman Chuck Horne. “In addition to the State of North Carolina and Anson County, we owe a special thanks to North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership for their assistance”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $300,000 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. 
“I welcome this leading-edge producer of performance apparel to Anson County,” said N.C. Senator Tom McInnis. “We look forward to King Charles Industries being a valued long-term member of North Carolina’s manufacturing community.”
“Congratulations to this global joint venture as it embarks on this exciting investment,” said N.C. Rep. Mark Brody. “The arrival of King Charles Industries highlights the close collaboration that exists among our local, regional and state economic development organizations. I appreciate the team effort that led to this significant opportunity for Anson County, and we are letting the world know that Anson County is open for business.”
Joining EDPNC and N.C. Commerce in supporting King Charles Industries’ new location are the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Anson County, the Anson Economic Development Partnership and North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Partnership.
Future I-87 Sign Unveiled In Edenton PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:59
Governor Pat McCrory unveiled a Future I-87 sign on the U.S. 64/17 corridor during a ceremony in Edenton.This future interstate designation is included in the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina and will better connect northeastern North Carolina to the Raleigh and Hampton Roads, Virginia economic centers.
“Interstate 87 will provide a much-needed connection for this region that will better link its citizens to vital services, support freight movement, and open the door to new economic opportunity,” said Governor McCrory. “Thank you to our congressional delegation and others involved with achieving this important milestone that will help us strengthen communities along this corridor, and North Carolina as a whole, through improved transportation infrastructure.”
The future interstate designation, along with one for the U.S. 70 corridor, was included in the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that was signed into law in December. Governor McCrory called for Congress to pass a long-term transportation funding bill in March 2015 when he testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of the state and as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.
“Interstate connections open the door to new opportunity and are a powerful tool in the recruitment and retention of business and industry,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “The Future I-87 is a critical step for this region and its economic future, and a significant transportation milestone. Interstate designations are exactly the kind of transportation investments we want to continue leveraging throughout the state.”
In addition, Governor McCrory also recently announced that the state is seeking federal approval of a future interstate designation for U.S. 264 to Greenville, which is North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area currently not served by an interstate. The state has submitted an application for the designation to the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and a decision is expected by the end of the year.
Craven County Will Get Federal Aid For Hurricane Matthew Recovery PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Donna Martinez   
Monday, 17 October 2016 14:59
Following his visit to New Bern earlier today, Governor Pat McCrory has announced that federal assistance is now available for residents of Craven County affected by recent flooding. Last week, the county qualified for public assistance. 
“Earlier today I mentioned that getting this approval was one of our top priorities,” said Governor McCrory. “I’m glad that the federal government has approved our request for needed additional assistance for the residents affected by Hurricane Matthew in Craven County.”
Earlier, the governor announced that additional federal assistance is now available for residents in three counties. Martin County is eligible for both public and individual assistance and individuals in Washington and Tyrrell counties can apply for federal assistance. To date, 37 counties in eastern and central North Carolina have received public assistance, while 27 counties have now qualified for individual assistance.
Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. Additionally, information regarding monetary donations to recognize North Carolina relief organizations can be found at NCVoad.org, a fast, flexible and effective method of assisting North Carolinians who are in need.
Monetary contributions help ensure a steady flow of important services to those impacted.
Monetary contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are a fast, flexible and effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed.
Local organizations spend the money in the local affected community, accelerating its economic recovery.
Monetary donations, rather than un-solicited donated goods, avoid the complicated, costly and time-consuming process of collecting, transporting and distributing these goods.
For more information about hurricane recovery in your area, call 2-1-1. For more details about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, vist the Hurricane Matthew resource site. Follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.

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