Recent News Articles

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Town of Siler City receives $2 million grant from NC Department of Environmental Quality

Siler City — Town Manager Bryan Thompson announced today that the Town of Siler City has been awarded a $2 million grant from the NC Department of Environmental Quality as a result of the Town’s latest application for CDBG-I funding.

Thompson said the grant award is planned for making improvements to mitigate inflow and infiltration within the Town’s sewer collection system.  It is a 100 percent grant, requiring no local match, and will cover the cost for planning/design and construction.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Here We Grow: Boosting Siler City’s Job Growth and Economy

On May 5, 2016, Mountaire Farms announced it was expanding to Siler City, bringing jobs and an economic boost to the city.

Landing a commercial partner like Mountaire Farms is just what Siler City needed after experiencing increased unemployment during the Great Recession. The investment will provide a significant path to recovery and future growth – more than 500 jobs are planned for the acquisition and expansion of the former Townsend Processing Plant in Siler City into a modern, state-of-the-art poultry processing plant.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Comprehensive Plan Community Input Meetings

Chatham County - Residents have a chance to provide input during the final stages of developing Chatham County’s comprehensive plan. When completed, the plan will help guide development policies and funding decisions over the next 30 years.

The community meetings will take place:

▪ Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Commons area at Chatham Central High School at 14950 N.C. 902, Bear Creek.

▪ Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holmes meeting room of the Chatham Community Library at 197 N.C. 87 North, Pittsboro.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Retail and Service Industry Survey - February 24 deadline

For a second year, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center in Pittsboro, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Pittsboro Business Association, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Siler City Merchants Association  is conducting a survey of the Retail and Servic

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Joint Elected Boards to meet February 9

The community is invited to attend the first Joint Elected Boards meeting of 2017.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 9, at 7 PM at Bestfood Cafeteria at 220 E. 11th Street in Siler City. County Commissioners, Town Mayors and School Board representatives will share project updates and Chatham EDC President Kyle Touchstone will provide an update on economic development activity in Chatham County. Attendees may come for dinner, at their own expense, at 6 PM.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
News & Observer: Moncure Megasite could draw major manufacturer to region

MONCURE - Nearly 15 years ago, a family trust in California purchased 1,100 acres about 25 miles southwest of Raleigh hoping to attract a company that wants to build something big on the edge of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

Today, the site has doubled in size to 2,285 acres and is nearly ready to be developed. The property owners and local officials hope the so-called megasite will attract an automotive, aviation or other large manufacturer to give the region, particularly Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, an economic boost.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Town of Siler City Revolving Loan Fund

Town of Siler City leaders have formed a partnership with the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to launch a $100,000 small business revolving loan fund. The goal of the partnership is to encourage small business and entrepreneurial growth in the Town of Siler City corporate limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

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Monday, December 19, 2016
Chatham EDC staff member earns DFCP accreditation

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is pleased to congratulate Ben Townsend, Business Services Manager at the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation, as the newest graduate of the prestigious Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) program. A new graduate, Mr. Townsend, joins numerous other graduates who have invested in their professional development and are ready to tackle the complexities of the development finance industry.

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Town of Siler City awarded $1.5 million grant for wastewater upgrades

The Town of Siler City was awarded a $1.5 million grant through the Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development program, which is administered through the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA). The grant, based on Mountaire Farm’s announcement of 700 new jobs for its future processing facility in the Town of Siler City, will help the town make wastewater system upgrades.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Golden LEAF, Rural Infrastructure Authority announce $35M in grant awards

Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach, Secretary of Commerce John E. Skvarla, III, and Rural Infrastructure Authority Chairman Tommy Hester announced today approximately $35 million in grants to provide needed infrastructure to seven large industrial sites across North Carolina. The goal is to increase site competitiveness and reduce the time needed for site development to attract major projects with substantial job creation and private capital investment.

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