State Economic Officials Get a Closer Look at Lee and Moore County's Assets for Industry
June 8, 2012
SANFORD, N.C. — Economic developers from the North Carolina Department of Commerce visited Lee County on Monday to get a first-hand look at local industry and what makes the area attractive to relocating companies.
The half-day tour began at The Innovation Center and ended with an excursion into Moore County and lunch at First Health of the Carolinas. It was organized jointly by Lee County Economic Development and Moore County Partners in Progress.
Bob Heuts, director of Lee County Economic Development, says the dozen economic developers attending from Raleigh already knew how successful the county has been working with some of the world's top companies. What the tour did was make sure every member of the staff — not just those working most often with local officials — can see some of the area's assets "up close and in person."
"Everyone was impressed with what they saw," says Heuts, who led the Lee County excursion. "Making the short drive down U.S. 1 from Raleigh opened some eyes about how close we really are to major cities in the Research Triangle, and learning about the the simulated work environment, welding labs and incubator space showed what an asset The Innovation Center can be for business. It is our new front door."
In addition to learning about The Innovation Center, the group drove through the county, seeing major available industrial sites and hearing a short county overview by local officials. Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss and Central Carolina Community College President Bud Marchant also participated in the presentations. Economic development board members John Daniel and Charles Mellette participated in the tour.
The Lee County Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization established to attract industry, enhance job opportunities and promote sound planning across Lee County. Funding is provided by the county, as well as the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, the county's two municipalities.
Bob Heuts, Director
Jane Wesley, Administrative Assistant