Newton has levied new fees for Internet sweepstakes businesses that will require a $2,500 fee to be paid per business annually. In addition changes to the cityâ€™s fee schedule requires $1,000 be paid per computer terminal within the businesses.
No dissenting votes were cast in the Newton City Council decision that spawned divided discussion among elected leaders.
When it comes to vacant buildings, Catawba County has plenty of them.
The problem is, as economic development officials work to recruit new industries and jobs to the area, not all of them are suited for the demands of modern-day operations.
But which ones are ready to welcome a new business, and where are they?
Catawba County leaders gave a green light to efforts to secure loan funding that could help economic development leaders create new "inventory" for future industries.