The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 30, 2013

EDC hears positive feedback on Alcoa meeting

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 — During Stanly County Economic Development Commission’s (EDC) meeting Thursday, County Commissioner Tony Dennis spoke about the recent meeting with Alcoa, lauding it as the most productive incident since the whole occurrence began.

“You probably read in the paper where we did have a consensus with Alcoa. We agreed in principle and with information back and forth. We got along pretty good,” Dennis said.

“This is the first time, that I know of, that they came and sat down and be truthful and willing to sit down and negotiate.

“All the other times it’s been one-sided all the way. They came with their negotiation britches on and we met for half a day. That’s the first time in all my meetings I’ve had with them in six or seven years, that’s the first time they came and were willing to negotiate.”

“What made the difference?” asked Bill Lawhon, a board member on the EDC.

“What’s the difference? I’m not sure,” County Manager Andy Lucas said.

“I think it’s the timing in a lot of respects and where we are in the process and what they’re looking to do with the process.

“It’s just getting everybody sitting down at the table and looking at everybody face-to-face. I think a lot of it is just where we are.”

“We’ve got a lot done with it,” Dennis said.

“You all stop and think about it. The pollution problem we got out there has been recognized and they’ve recapped all the landfills. They are being monitored. We recognize the arsenic and also the cyanide that’s leaking. We got all the old buildings tore down and they’re going to develop the site close to another hundred acres.

“It’s the perfect, perfect site out there. It’s got natural gas, it’s got all the power in the world, two different railroads. It’s the perfect site.”

“The resolution of this issue will certainly help from a production standpoint and a practical standpoint when we’re dealing with the state and developers there. Not having that as a background issue will definitely help,” EDC Director Paul Stratos said.

There is to be a vote on the issue May 6.

“We look forward to settling it,” Dennis said.

Despite the county’s difficulties negotiating with Alcoa, EDC members did note that development of the Badin Business Park was progressing nicely.

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