North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2013

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to Chico,��� Tate says. ���The culture and economic diversity reminded me of western North Carolina.��� Kelly Leonard, board chairman of the Henderson County Partnership at the time, AdvantageWest���s Scott Hamilton and Henderson County engineer Marcus Jones also made the trip. So did state Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Republican from Henderson County, whose participation would prove crucial. Providing Workforce Training in Eastern North Carolina for over 50 Years Pitt Community College has been serving the educational needs of eastern North Carolina for over 50 years. From specialized Business & Industry training to 2-year Associate Degrees and University Transfer Degrees, PCC helps all individuals reach their educational goals. With nearly 60 curriculum programs as well as a great variety of continuing education courses available, individuals can select a new career path or simply enhance current job skills. Let us help you make changes that will result in a successful future! www.pittcc.edu The North Carolina group met with company executives, toured the production plant, chatted with employees and even visited the owner���s family. As they watched and learned, they grew more encouraged. ���We all walked away with the impression that the company belongs here,��� Tate says. But a ���rsthand look at operations raised concerns about whether Sierra Nevada could replicate its West Coast establishment in Henderson County. ���We thought we might have an issue when we built our project team,��� Tate says. ���Once we saw what they were doing, we knew for certain we had a problem.��� N orth Carolina���s alcoholic-beverage laws, some of which have roots in Prohibition, did not allow a large brewery to sell beer on-site to visitors, diners at its bistro or attendees of its musical events. Smaller microbreweries could, but as a craft beer-maker ��� larger than a microbrewery but smaller than an industrial brewery ��� Sierra Nevada fell under the restriction. ���There were a number of issues, but the largest was having a concert venue where they would serve only those alcoholic beverages produced at the brewery,��� says McGrady, a lawyer who was elected to the legislature in 2010. Another problem involved selling beer brewed at Sierra Nevada���s California plant in the North Carolina gift shop. With the General Assembly���s long session done months earlier, McGrady and the project team scrambled to craft a solution. ���As chance would have it, we were coming back into session about every other month to take up redistricting issues. We decided we would try to ���x the law in a session after Thanksgiving.��� As Henderson County leaders labored to attract Sierra Nevada, a similar opportunity was being pursued up the road in Buncombe County, where economicdevelopment of���cials were working to bring Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing Co. to Asheville. Landing the brewer of popular Fat Tire North Carolina EDG

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