Recent News Articles

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Siler City Rezones Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site

The Siler City Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its Monday, March 16 meeting to approve a request by the property owners to rezone the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site. Previously zoned agricultural-residential (A-R), the 1,818-acre site is now heavy-industrial (H-I).

“Our primary goal is to attract an automotive assembly plant,” said Dianne Reid, Chatham Economic Development Corporation president. “Rezoning represents another vital step in readying the site for a future industrial user.”

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
CCCC Small Business Centers announce partnership with NCMBC

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Chatham Park expected to generate $154 billion over next 40 years

NC State Study Estimates Development Will Also Create More than 100,000 Jobs

PITTSBORO, N.C., January 27, 2015 — A recent economic impact study conducted by North Carolina State University shows that cumulative spending generated by the Chatham Park development will total $80 billion for Chatham County, $140 billion for the Triangle region and $154 billion for North Carolina by the completion of construction in 40 years.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Chatham EDC welcomes four new members

Four new members were appointed to the Chatham Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors last week. John Ruffin, Jeff Wilson, Greg Lewis and Taylor Hobbs will serve four-year terms on the board.

Ruffin, a Moncure resident, entrepreneur and philanthropist, currently serves on the Triangle South Workforce Development Board.

Wilson, a Chatham County native, is the vice president of operations at Wilson Brothers Milling Company in Bear Creek and volunteers with several local civic organizations.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Joint elected boards to meet January 29

PITTSBORO – On Thursday, January 29, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a joint meeting with the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the town boards of Goldston, Pittsboro, and Siler City, and the Board of Education to discuss effective models of career and technical education.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Chatham County site gets new name

Chatham Economic Development Corporation and the property owners announced they are changing the name of the Chatham-Randolph Megasite to the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site. The change reflects Siler City’s enthusiastic participation in the project since its inception.

“Siler City has been a great partner and their eager participation is a tremendous asset to the project,” said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation. The site is in the town’s jurisdiction, and Siler City will provide water and wastewater services.

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Central Carolina Works progressing

SANFORD — Career and college advisors at the nine public high schools in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties have been busy this fall working with students in the Central Carolina Works program.

It’s obviously working. The program has averaged 250 per term over the past few years, and grew to 429 for the fall semester. With the career and college advisors in place, the program is projected to have 678 students in the spring that does not include Lee Early College students.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
CCCC Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support

SANFORD — The Small Business Center Network of the N.C. Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Global Leaders to Germany Observations and Challenges

Earlier this year, the University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding launched a Global Leaders to Germany program to provide North Carolina representatives an opportunity to learn first-hand about the German system of supporting manufacturing. The Institute for Emerging Issues sponsored Catawba and Chatham counties to attend. The Chatham County team included Dianne Reid, President of Chatham Economic Development Corporation, Renee Paschal, Assistant County Manager and Dr.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Chatham Park breaks ground for first building

Groundbreaking for historic Chatham Park begins with UNC Health Care

"The development has the potential to impact the Triad housing market, particularly because it could appeal to split households where one person works in the Triangle and the other the Triad. Given its scope, the project could also be pitched as an amenity to corporate executives who might consider potential megasites in Randolph and western Chatham counties."

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