The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 19, 2012

EDC wants to thank those who assist efforts

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — Stanly County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is looking to recognize companies and organizations who have helped in their efforts to recruit new business to the county.

Commission members are planning to have an appreciation event that will honor those entities that have “gone above and beyond” with their assistance.

Commission member Cindy Beane said there was no plans to make it an annual event, but only when the commission believes the efforts by an organization show a major effort in economic development.

She said the first event is being planned in coordination with the appointment of a new state secretary of commerce by Governor-elect Pat McCrory and is hoped to be conducted sometime next month.

“We want to thank those who have helped make things happen,” Beane said.

EDC Chairman Tony Dennis said he and EDC‚ÄąDirector Paul Stratos had met with representatives of C Voltaics concerning their interest in a site within Stanly County.

The company recently gave a demonstration of newly-developed solar power technologies in association with Pfeifer University.

Dennis said the company has created a new technology that “could change everything.”

“This is something that could benefit all kinds of businesses within the county,” Dennis said.

Stratos said the EDC is in the process of facilitating the company’s interest with locations and businesses within the county.

Stratos said he had been to a workshop which showed the economic outlook for the area to be slow through 2014.

“That’s not exactly what you want to hear,” Stratos said.

“It just reinforces the idea in my mind we need to come with some ideas we can partner with somebody and help make a project work.”

Stratos also discussed the recent Council of Governments (COG) meeting where a presentation was presented highlighting some of  the county’s assets and shortcomings when attempting to attract businesses.

Stanly County Commission member Lindsay Dunevant said it presented a challenge to the leaders of the county.

“The consultant said she found a like-mindedness in the county to do things to move forward, but there’s a lack of cooperation. I think she nailed us pretty good there,” Dunevant said.

“I think we owe it to the next couple of generations to put our big boy pants on and our cooperation hats on and figure out what infrastructure we need and put down our boxing gloves and take away some of our battles. Because if we don’t, we’re killing ourselves and we’re not going to be competitive.”