Welcome to the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter on Economic Development in Greene County. We firmly believe that the path to successful Economic Development lies in the collective efforts of our entire community. It is not a solitary endeavor limited to a single person or group. To achieve true success, we must step outside our comfort zones and collaborate with elected leaders, community champions, citizens, business owners, and our local, regional, state, and federal partners. Together, we share the common goal of fostering growth and prosperity in Greene County. We eagerly anticipate embarking on this adventure with all of you. Should you require any assistance or have any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us without hesitation.
Economic Development Newsletter for Greene County
Heritage Family Health and Wellness $50K Building Reuse Grant for Snow Hill Site Relocation
Governor Roy Cooper announced In April that Heritage Family Health and Wellness, PA, a Family Practice Primary Care company, will receive a grant from the state’s Building Reuse Program. In April, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved Greene County’s request for $50,000 in funds to support the building reuse of Heritage Family Health and Wellness, PA, relocation to a larger facility in Snow Hill.
The grant will enable Heritage Family Health and Wellness, PA, to move to a larger facility in the same community and offer more comprehensive medical services to the area’s residents. In addition, Heritage Family Health and Wellness will create five jobs and invest $210,000 in the next three (3) years, contributing to the growth of the local Greene County economy.
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Secrets Don’t Make Friends: Why Project Names Are Important
Recently announced economic development projects in Greene County go by code names such as Project Haul, Project Family, and Project Hive. While some may question the need for secrecy, there are valid reasons for using code names in economic development. Essentially, code names help companies stay competitive by preventing premature, out-of-context, and sensitive information leaks that could harm investors, competitors, real estate speculators, and current employees.
When a company considers relocating or expanding in Greene County, they are often considering other counties and states as well. Some economic development deals can take years before they are finalized, and releasing company identities too early can have lasting and devastating results for both the company and the prospective local community. However, this doesn’t mean that the community is kept completely in the dark. When there is an offer of financial incentives from Greene County, there is always a public hearing held during a Greene County Board of Commissioners Meeting where project details such as the number of jobs created and average wages, amount of taxable investment, and general company description are revealed.
Using code names for business deals is a common tactic not only in economic development organizations across the nation but also in other industries such as investment banking and the military. The purpose is not to be nefariously secretive but rather to protect both Greene County citizens and the companies involved in the project from unnecessary disruption.
New Registered Businesses in Greene County Receive Welcome Letter
All of us understand the significance of small businesses in driving economic growth and vitality. That’s why we believe the first communication from the county government to a newly formed business should be a warm welcome letter, not a bill. With this in mind, we have developed a welcome letter specifically tailored for newly formed businesses in Greene County.
Our welcome letter serves as a valuable resource, offering essential information, resources of different partners that can help, and facts about our economic development program. It includes details about the various support systems available to small businesses, empowering entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed. Furthermore, the letter prominently features our contact information, ensuring that assistance is just a phone call or email away.
By initiating this positive and supportive interaction, we aim to establish strong foundations and foster a sense of community among our local entrepreneurs and businesses. Starting off on the right foot is crucial in our collective efforts to cultivate a thriving community. Together, we can nurture a dynamic environment where small businesses can flourish and contribute to the overall growth and prosperity of Greene County.
A Great Resource to Try
Small Business Center at Lenoir Community College
The Small Business Center focuses on assisting startup businesses. Small Business Center counselors provide guidance customized to solving problems related to starting and operating a new business. Prospective or existing small business owners can take advantage of free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling services; resource and referral information for various business needs; and free (or low-cost) business development seminars and classes.
The 1st Annual Careers in Greene County Career Fair was a Huge Success!
Greene Central High School and Greene County Economic Development partnered to host a career fair for junior and senior students at Greene Central on May 5, 2023. The career fair was only for companies operating in Greene County. Students were given a scavenger hunt game when they arrived at the career fair. The scavenger hunt made all students go to each company’s table and ask questions on their company and how to get a job. Students and companies loved the career fair and are planning on having another one next year.
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Important Dates Coming Up
- Human Capital Roundtable Event – July 18 @ 10 am
- Greene County Chamber of Commerce Music Bingo Event – June 15 at 6:00 PM
- Greene County Job Fair @ Wellness Center – September TBD
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in any event.
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Latest Economic Data on Greene County
Source: NC Department of Commerce
I extend my heartfelt appreciation for your support. Your dedication to economic development has created a positive ripple effect that will continue to benefit generations to come. I am confident that together, we will achieve even greater milestones and build a future that we can all be proud of.