EDC submits application for power grant

BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors this past Friday discussed a recent meeting with John Loyack, received an update about the power grant, discussed the Work in Burke workforce development model and received an update from EDC Director Mickey Duvall. 

Loyack, who serves as vice president of global business services for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, met with Duvall, board chair Keith Holtsclaw and EDC board member and Mitchell County Chamber Executive Director Patti Jensen earlier this month. Loyack also had a separate meeting with News-Journal publisher and editor Brandon Roberts.

Duvall said his biggest takeaway from discussions with Loyack is that building reuse programs in the state will soon become more stringent. 

“There will be some changes,” he said. “The money is getting scarce and it’s getting competitive. They want to see jobs created with the programs.”

Duvall said the application for the power grant, which the EDC applied for through Mayland Community College, has been submitted. 

Jensen discussed Burke County’s “Work in Burke” program for the second time in as many months. The program helps fill skilled labor positions through a website for students that surveys them and connects them with jobs that fit their skill sets. 

The board unanimously approved a decision to allow Jensen to begin applying for a $75,000 state grant through Maximize Carolina to fund a similar program in Mitchell County. If approved for the grant, the EDC will provide an $11,250 match and seek funding from local industry.

During his department update, Duvall discussed Project Rosebud, which involves a North Carolina Department of Commerce Building Reuse Grant that encompasses a $5 million expansion project for Mitchell County. The project will create 10 jobs when the grant approval is announced. 

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners had a public hearing about Project Rosebud and adopted a project resolution. 

“Project Rosebud is going well,” Duvall said. “We’re looking for it to move forward quickly.”

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