Statewide Economic Development Team Visits TCCC and Murphy
The focus was the expansion of business and industry and the spotlight was primarily on Cherokee County September 16 – 17 as Tri-County Community College (TCCC) and the Cherokee County Economic Development Board hosted members of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Business Recruitment Team.
The two-day meeting began with a tour of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino followed by a dinner reception hosted by Murphy Electric Power Board. The opening welcome was given by Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, president of Tri-County Community College.
“I emphasized that partnerships are vital for the success of economic and workforce development,” said Tipton-Rogers. “Naturally, I stressed the value and importance of Tri-County Community College, and even reviewed our history, in presenting the impact we have had in many areas, but also in potential economic opportunities.”
According to Josh Carpenter, Director of Economic Development in Cherokee County, the objective of the recruitment team’s visit was to educate and bring awareness of business and industry opportunities in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties.
A Thursday morning breakfast provided by Blue Ridge Mountain Electrical Membership Corporation at the Tri-County Community College Center for Applied Technology in Marble was followed by a tour of the updated, high-tech facility. Attendees were informed about the Center’s capacity for Pre-Hire Classes, Small Business development, Electrical Engineering, 3D Design and Printing, Heating & Air as well as the capabilities in training for Advanced Manufacturing, prototype development and short-run manufacturing.
Following the tour, presentations were given by Carpenter and the economic development representatives from both Clay (Aaron Patton) and Graham (Andy Cable) counties. Each director outlined opportunities currently available in his respective county for expansion of business and industry.
The final stop on the tour had the group visiting the former COATS AMERICAN facility in Marble allowing the visitors to observe many features of the facility.
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