Moore County Partners in Progress released their Quarterly Progress Report highlighting their activities and initiatives in the areas of economic development, community development, and workforce development for the quarter ended December 31, 2022.
“Client interest in Moore County continues to be strong, and this quarter we actively worked with four companies whose projects collectively represent 175 jobs, 200,000 square feet of industrial space, and $22.5 million in investment,” said Natalie Hawkins, Executive Director of Partners in Progress in a press release.
PIP met with four manufacturers in Moore County to learn more about their respective operations, opportunities, and challenges. PIP then provided two of the companies with leads on a building and site for their respective expansions, and one company participated in the state’s Economic Gardening program to explore new markets.
PIP, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and Sandhills Community College celebrated National Manufacturing Day by hosting an appreciation luncheon attended by over 30 manufacturers, local elected officials, and community partners. A tour of Meridian Kiosks’ headquarters and production facility in Aberdeen followed the luncheon.
PIP, the Chamber, and the College also collaborated to increase community awareness about the local manufacturing industry sector by launching a “Made in Moore” social media campaign.
In December, PIP hired Darryn Burich as the new Business Development Director and he began his new position Feb. 6.
Also this quarter, PIP made an offer to purchase a 73-acre parcel in the Iron Horse Industrial Park in Aberdeen. “While the offer includes specific contingencies that must be met prior to closing by March 31st, everything is currently on track for this parcel to become the very first publicly owned industrial site in Moore County,” said Hawkins in a press release.
Additional progress in the area of product development included:
Other significant activities highlighted in the report for the quarter ended December 31, 2022 include:
The full Quarterly Progress Report for the quarter ended December 31, 2022 can be accessed on the Partners in Progress website: www.morebusiness.org under the resources tab.
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