Trying to 'make' it

Economic development leaders say good news is coming for Catawba County.

Within 60 days, they're hoping for a jobs announcement within each the county's growing energy and data center sectors, according to Catawba County Economic Development Corporation's incoming board president.

"We want to focus on areas where we are most competitive," Ellie Bradshaw said during CCEDC's annual meeting Wednesday. "Success of our plans depends on the cooperative efforts of all our partners. We want to build something, but it takes all of us working together."

And "building something" was clearly the theme of the lunch gathering that brought the county's business and industry leader together to focus on the future ahead and the success of the past year. Surrounded by a front-end loader, bright orange pylons and construction barrels, outgoing CCEDC board president Joe Beaman Jr. wasted no words getting to the point of economic developers' blatant message.

"It is apparent that Catawba County has never been more serious about being a catalyst for building than it is today," he said, adding the construction-themed displays, completed with "EDC" hard hats, deliver "a resounding message about having available products when clients are looking for it."

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