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TOLSON LOOKS TO HELP BOOST EXISTING COMPANIES

As the Carolinas Gateway Partnership works diligently to recruit new companies to the area, new President and Chief Executive Officer Norris Tolson also understands the significance of helping grow the industries already operating in the Twin Counties.

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INCENTIVES SEAL DRAKA'S EXPANSION PLANS

  A company in Rocky Mount that manufactures elevator products is planning to add 34 full-time jobs over the next five years as part of an expansion. The Nash County Board of Commissioners approved an inducement agreement Monday for Draka Elevator Products to expand operations at the Whitakers Business and Industrial Center in Nash County. Draka, which operates its global headquarters on North Church Street, plans to hire 34 full-time workers at or exceeding an average annual wage of $38,584 by Dec. 31, 2020. The agreement states that Draka plans to invest $12.1 million into the development of a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Nash County transferred ownership of 14 acres of land and 11 acres of easement valued at $375,840 in Whitakers Business and Industrial Center to Draka. The deal was brokered by the Carolinas Gateway Partnership. Krista Ikirt, vice president for the Partnership and recruiter for Nash County, said the news is great for the Twin Counties because Draka picked Nash C ...

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NORRIS TOLSON ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE CAROLINAS GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP

On Friday, December 18, 2015 E. Norris Tolson, a native of Pinetops NC, was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership to serve as the new President and CEO of the organization. "The Carolinas Gateway Partnership was created 20 years ago by the visionary leaders of Nash and Edgecombe counties in order to foster and lead economic growth for the counties by working together.  I am pleased to now become a part of the team and I am excited that the combined effort of our two counties will lead to further growth and prosperity," noted Tolson when his appointment was announced. Most recently Tolson served as a senior advisor for economic development with the Williams Mullen law firm.  Prior to that he was president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 2007 - 2014.  He has also served as both the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce and the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation.  In 1999 Tolson served as the Chairman of the Nor ...

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ECONOMIC SUMMIT EXPLORES BUSINESS RECRUITMENT EFFORTS

“We’re doing a better job of telling our story that we have something for you to come to and hopefully that will help stop that migration.” Oppie Jordan Carolinas Gateway Partnership vice president, Edgecombe County recruiter By COREY DAVIS Staff Writer WILSON – A packed room that included several business and city leaders from the Twin Counties gathered Wednesday morning at the Wilson Country Club to hear the economic development outlook for Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Johnston counties. It was the second of a three-part economic summit series co-hosted by the Triangle Business Journal and Research Triangle Regional Partnership. The panelists included Carolinas Gateway Partnership vice presidents, Krista Ikirt, who recruits for Nash County and Oppie Jordan, recruiter for Edgecombe County. The four Eastern North Carolina economic development leaders fielded questions from Triangle Business Journal real estate reporter Amanda Hoyle, who served as the moderator, and also fro ...

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Tarboro Commerce Site Recognized as Electricities-Certified Site

The Tarboro Commerce Site - one of two prime sites in the Tarboro region - has been recognized as an Electricities-certified site.

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Southern Bank Makes Significant Contribution to the Carolinas Gateway Partnership Capital Campaign

Southern Bank and Trust Company has committed a significant contribution to the Carolinas Gateway Partnership during the current five year Capital Campaign and Mike Bryant,  Executive Vice President and Area Executive for the West Region of the Bank will join the Partnership's Executive Committee. 

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Nash County in top ten for jobs, ranks fifth in manufacturing

Manufacturing continuously has been a leading industry in the local area. 

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Partnership Gets New Chairman

The Carolinas Gateway Partnership’s Board of Director unanimously voted to name Don Williams, president of Lewis Advertising Inc., as the new chairman of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership.

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Good Leadership Drives Carolinas Gateway Capital Campaign

Thanks to the legacy of John Gessaman and the leadership of Frank Harrison, once again, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership has completed another record capital campaign.

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Wells Fargo Contributes Significant Donation To The Carolinas Gateway Partnership

Wells Fargo has once again renewed its support of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership for the next five years with a financial contribution of $50,000 presented to the organization’s Capital Campaign.

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