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Strengthening the Workforce - A PCC Legacy
June 26, 2017
- As my days as President of Piedmont Community College draw to an end, I find myself reflecting on the accomplishments of the College during these past few years. There is one area of accomplishment that I am very proud of and it is the way the College has responded to...

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Economic Development: A Three-Legged Stool
June 19, 2017
- Economic Development Is a Three-Legged Stool When most people think about economic development and job creation, they focus on recruiting new companies to their county or community. That is an important and highly visible part of economic development, and why developers must spend a great deal of time compiling data...

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A Message from the Director
June 12, 2017
-   We have just completed our most recent blog series on the top 10 factors for economic development according to a survey of site development consultants published in Area Development Magazine in 2016¹. Last month, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership held its 2017 State of the Region Event at Duke Performing Arts...

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Site Selection Factors Series: State and Local Incentives
June 5, 2017
- Understanding North Carolina’s Financial Incentives   Few aspects of economic development are more poorly understood than financial incentives. Much of the public believes that when the State of North Carolina offers a Job Development and Investment Grant (JDIG) or an award from the One North Carolina Fund to...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #10 Utilities - Availability and Cost
May 30, 2017
- Broadband as a Utility   image of the Mt. Tirzah communications tower during installation According to the FCC and our court system, broadband is a utility, which means that it is as necessary for modern life as electricity, phone, and water. Person County is taking steps to ensure that...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #10 Energy Availability and Costs
May 15, 2017
-   The 10th most important factor for Person County’s economic development success, according the Area Development Magazine 2016, is the energy availability and cost that will be required to power the manufacturing facility or business. Only a few years ago, the energy availability and cost site selection factor was...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #9 State and Local Incentives
April 24, 2017
- State and Local Incentives-Utilizing our Toolbox   The ninth factor on the top 10 list of site location factors identified by site consultants in the Area Development’s 2016 survey is State and Local Incentives. Local municipal governments utilize incentives to attract new industry and to support our local existing industries. ...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #8 Proximity to Major Markets
April 17, 2017
- To Be or Not to Be…  Proximate to Markets, That Is Looking at the top 10 site-selection criteria in this year’s edition of Area Development’s annual survey of corporate executives, it’s easy to understand how factors like “availability of skilled labor”...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #7 Corporate Tax Rate
April 10, 2017
-   As I write this blog a few days before the April 15, 2017 tax deadline, most citizens know this day in April as the general deadline to file personal federal and state tax returns.  If you owe the government personal taxes, you are probably getting ready to write the check...

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Site Selection Factors Series: #6 Labor Costs
April 3, 2017
-  To hire or not to hire?   It’s amazing how a simple phrase can start such long winded debates. I can still remember the purpose and meaning of similar words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet being greatly debated with deep contemplations in my college English class. Does...

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