Halifax County Economic Development Commission News

Monday, 22 August 2016 09:40

Industry Leaders Learn Rail Safety

The Halifax County Economic Development Commission hosted a NCDOT program focused on rail safety for local business and industry that rely on highway transportation. Dr. David Robinson, NCDOT's BeRailSafe Outreach Consultant, Dr. David Robinson, presented important information on rail emergency contacts, how active crossing signals operate, and methods of stopping train movement in emergent situations. Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision as it takes the average freight train traveling 55 MPH more than a mile to stop. While North Carolina's incidents are…
From the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - With years of restaurant experience, Lake Gaston resident Buddy Myers said he’s close to opening a new establishment in the former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon location on Premier Boulevard in Roanoke Rapids. Myers told The Daily Herald his upcoming restaurant is Angus Prime Rib Steak House, which he emphasized uses Angus beef because of the meat’s high quality. “Angus is the best you can get,” he said. “That’s top of the line.” He said the building is an excellent location, noting the facility hasn’t been used in six years since the prior restaurant…
Solar Company Will Manufacture Photovoltaic Panels Halifax, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), and Halifax County announced today the arrival of SWELECT Energy Systems LLC to Halifax County. The company intends to build a 155-person workforce and invest than $4.7 million at a manufacturing site at the Halifax Corporate Park and adjacent solar farm. “This announcement is another example of North Carolina’s competitive business climate, talented workforce and strong economic comeback, especially in manufacturing,” said Governor McCrory. “SWELECT also fits in to our all-of-the-above energy…
$100,000 gift to the Center for Energy Education will provide local teachers with training, resources and programs to enhance science curriculum Will help train professionals for the state's solar industry CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Renewables has awarded $100,000 to the Center for Energy Education, a nonprofit organization whose mission encompasses research, education, and training workers for North Carolina's growing solar industry. Created by the solar development company, Geenex, LLC, the nonprofit will be located at the former Halifax County Airport, near Roanoke Rapids, N.C., adjacent to the 20-megawatt Halifax Solar…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:04

$450,000 grant will help Enfield Timber

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority on Thursday approved a grant that will help a new Halifax County business emerge. Halifax County will receive a $450,000 grant to put toward the reuse of a vacant building for Enfield Timber, according to a statement from Gov. Pat McCrory's office. The company will produce hardwood crane and logging mats and also introduce a sawmill. Read More at rrdailyherald.com
Company’s growth and community support epitomizes “Working Together Works” Roanoke Rapids, NC – At their annual meeting, Halifax County Business Horizons (Halifax Horizons), Inc. presented the 7th Annual “Working Together Works” award to Reser’s Fine Foods. In making the presentation, Phil Hux, Secretary of Halifax Horizons, highlighted the “amazing story a young man of 25 who started with 50 pounds of potatoes and a really great potato salad recipe. Five years later, Al Reser’s company was profitable and growing, and has continued to grow to what is today a billion dollar company.” “Not only does Reser’s Fine Foods make a…
Monday, 05 October 2015 20:00

HCEDC Board Chair Honored

Frank V. Avent III, Chairman of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, was recently honored by the Halifax County Board of Commissioners for his leadership and belief that “working together works.” Read more at rrdailyherald.com...
Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:00

Here Comes The Sun

An idea born from a chance meeting at a convention in 2011 is today culminating in the erection of the HXOap Solar Project in Halifax County. From that meeting came the company Geenex, formed in a partnership between Josef Kessen and Georg Veit, both German born and both intensely interested in solar energy, Kessen said."We met at a solar exhibition and exchanged cards," Kessen said. "I pulled out his card one day and said, 'Should I call him? Yes.'" The men discussed their dreams and found a common ground, he said. "Germany is famous for solar," Kessen said, putting their interest…
Washington, DC - The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected Halifax County, NC as one of 35 counties nationwide for a study of county involvement and challenges and solutions in economic development across 3,069 counties. Counties are an essential component of the support system for economic development, as detailed by the NACo report released today, Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.  The 35 case studies provide a more in-depth view of county challenges and solutions in economic development.   For the Halifax County Case Study, please click the following link: http://www.uscounties.org/strong-economies/profiles/HalifaxNC.pdf 4 pages Executive Summary…
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