Site Selection Ranks North Carolina as Top State Business Climate for 2020


North Carolina ranks as the nation’s top state business climate in 2020 in a two-way tie with Georgia, according to Site Selection magazine.

North Carolina held the No. 2 spot in the magazine’s annual business climates study for five straight years before rising to the top spot this year. North Carolina enjoyed a six-year run in the top spot from 2005 through 2010.

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.9 Million to Boost Industrial and Manufacturing Growth in Davidson County, North Carolina

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.9 million grant to the county of Davidson, North Carolina, to construct a new stormwater detention pond and other stormwater and sewer improvements to support expansion of industrial and manufacturing business in the region. The EDA grant, to be matched with $1.9 million in local funds, is expected to create 400 jobs and generate $300 million in private investment.

Council announces partnership to purchase 200 acres for New Industrial Park

The Lexington City Council announced during its meeting Monday a proposed partnership with a local development company to purchase 200 acres of property off of Brown Street, adjacent to Interstate 85, for future commercial development.

Under the new LLC, the City of Lexington would provide $225,000 towards the $400,000 down payment of the property, valued at $2.6 million. Team Family Partnership would provide the additional $175,000, giving the city a majority interest in the proposed Front Street-Lexington LLC.

DCEDC Holds Economic and Workforce Development Action Planning Workshop

Leaders from area businesses, local governments, area school systems, Davidson County Community College, as well as members of the public attended an action planning workshop hosted by the Davidson County Economic Development Commission at the Rittling Conference Center on Thursday morning.

Craig Goodson, president of the Davidson County EDC, said the organization wanted to hold the workshop to make sure all key stakeholders were involved in future economic development plans in the area.

Workshop shows development plans for Davidson County Airport

The Davidson County Airport Authority and the North Carolina Division of Aviation unveiled its proposed airport layout plan at the Richard Childress Hangar at the Davidson County Airport on Monday.

“We had a meeting in June we invited community members, business owners, to get their ideas and input on what should or should not be included in this plan,” Gray said. “More hanger was up there, and still is. We have a waiting list of 47 pilots waiting for hangar space.”

Greene named the next city manager for Lexington

The Lexington City Council named Terra Greene as the next city manager during its regular meeting on Monday.

Greene, who is currently the assistant city manager for Lexington, will replace Alan Carson who will be retiring from his position on Dec. 31 and taking the job of city manager of Thomasville, Georgia. Greene will sworn in at the next city council meeting on Nov. 26 and will begin her role on Jan. 1.

EGGER starts construction on manufacturing plant

EGGER, one of the world’s leading wood-based materials suppliers for the furniture, wood construction and flooring industries, has started construction on its first U.S. manufacturing plant at the I-85 Corporate Center in Linwood, according to a press release.

Construction on the production facility began after the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality permit.

North Carolina Takes Home the Gold for Economic Development Success

North Carolina has received Area Development magazine’s 2018 Gold Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s top-tier success in winning high-impact economic development projects in 2017.

North Carolina, which in 2017 had one of its best years for  job recruitment in over a decade, is one of only five states to receive a 2018 Gold Shovel Award. The magazine, which covers site selection and facility planning, considers a state’s top 10 job-creation and investment projects in granting the award.

“EGGER Wood Products Apprenticeship Open House to be held May 15th”

EGGER Wood Products will host an Apprenticeship Information Event for High School students and parents at 6:00pm on Tuesday May 15th at the Rittling Conference Center at Davidson County Community College. EGGER will present their four year Apprenticeship Training Program and outline the requirements and benefits of applying for the EGGER Apprenticeship Program.

“Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy awarded Model Level STEM School of Distinction”

The State of NC developed the STEM School of Distinction program to identify and recognize exemplary STEM schools and STEM programs. Schools recognized under the Model Level of Achievement go even further by systemically interweaving science, technology, engineering and mathematics into complimentary coursework in the arts, career and technical education, English language arts, healthful living and world history.

Davidson County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) NCDPI Core Performance Indicators

CTE is measured on federal guidelines requiring each CTE Program to use certain quantitative measures to monitor the quality of the program. Performance Indicator 2S1 - Technical Skill Attainment, is arguably the most key indicator of quality.

Davidson County Schools met ALL Core Performance Indicators based on Perkins Federal Guidelines.

Davidson County Schools Performance Indicator 2S1 - Technical Skill Attainment Rankings: