EDC: Several projects making progress
BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors at its regular meeting Friday, June 28, received an update from EDC Director Mickey Duvall and received reports from Mayland Community College President John Boyd and Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Director Patti Jensen.
During his report, Duvall said the EDC is working with a developer and consultants about a plan to renovate the old Glen Ayre School near Bakersville.
If the project moves forward, the building will be turned into an artist’s retreat.
Duvall added the EDC had provided letters of support for Mayland Community College’s cosmetology satellite program project at the former Pinebridge building and Spruce Pine Main Street’s connector bridge renovation project.
Boyd provided an update about Mayland, saying construction on the Pinebridge building is progressing, and the roof is nearly complete.
“It’s really coming along nicely,” he said.
The hotel portion of the Pinebridge project, Boyd added, is also moving swiftly. He said the HVAC is nearly complete on the first floor and electrical panels are finished while sub-panels are being constructed.
During her report about workforce development and the chamber, Jensen said a company had been selected to design a workforce development website and the first meetings about design ideas for the site have begun.
Jensen added there are already several industry promotion videos filmed and currently being edited.
Jensen said planning for the 2019 North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival is keeping the chamber busy. She thanked The Quartz Corp. for its help preparing the old Rose’s building for this year’s festival and added numerous other local sponsors and volunteers, including Sibelco and Walmart, have helped with festival preparation.
“It’s getting there,” Jensen said about the building. “We’ve got some really good sponsors this year, but our volunteers and labor have been a big help.”
In addition to a new website, the festival will also feature art displays courtesy of Toe River Arts.
Jensen added with the new building space the festival will require more volunteers than ever. Volunteers get free admission to festival events and a T-shirt.