BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Incentive program approved
BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners at its recent regular meeting approved the Mitchell County economic development incentive grant program.
The EDC incentive program, which was unanimously approved near the end of the meeting, offers monetary rewards from grant funding for businesses that either open in the county or expand after previously operating in the county.
EDC Board Chair Richard Canipe said the program is positive for the county.
“We can’t compete if we don’t have something like this,” Canipe said. “This is tied to investment, not so much just jobs.”
Grant money cannot be awarded to a business without an advertised public hearing.
County Manager Kathy Young gave her report before the board adjourned. She said the brick was laid for the new 911 center this past week and the center is targeting June as its anticipated opening month.
Young said Mitchell County received $750,000 from the North Carolina Neighborhood Revitalization Grant. The funds will cover the revitalization of eight area homes.