North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2013

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Amber Ale would require elimination of the same legal barriers. McGrady���s colleague, N.C. Rep. Tim Mof���tt, a Republican from Buncombe County, was eager to collaborate. With only two legislative days to achieve passage, there was little margin for error. ���There are so few things the General Assembly can take up in these special sessions,��� McGrady says. In April 2011, Mof���tt had sponsored House Bill 796, which called for a study of the property-tax evaluation process. It had yet to make it to the House ���oor, giving Mof���tt an opening to rewrite the bill with legislation that would liberalize retail sales of products at North Carolina breweries. The maneuver worked. McGrady and Mof���tt engineered passage in the House on Nov. 28, 2011, with only a few dissenting votes. Their Senate counterparts, Henderson County Republican Tom Apodaca and Buncombe County Democrat Martin Nesbitt, led the way for a successful vote in the upper chamber that same day. Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the legislation into law 10 days later. ���I never expected to go to the General Assembly and become an expert in alcoholic-beverage law,��� McGrady says. Six weeks later, Sierra Nevada���s executives unveiled plans to build the brewery in Mills River. In April 2012, of���cials from New Belgium announced plans to open a 154-job craft brewery near downtown Asheville. A month later, Oskar Blues, a Longmont, Colo.based craft brewer, launched plans for a 36,000- square-foot brewery, restaurant and music venue in Brevard. Any one of the craft-beer names would have made a solid addition to the region���s economy, beer scene and music culture. The hat trick was more than even the most optimistic state leaders expected. ���This was a case where everything came together,��� McGrady says. ���We were just hoping to get one of those projects to land here. But we ended up going three-for-three.��� North Carolina EDG Orange County Economic Development . . . helping businesses GROW! We strive to make Orange County a smart, innovative place in which to live and work. Orange County encourages the recruitment of high tech investments in sustainable technologies that provide jobs for county residents and increase the non-residential tax base. Through these knowledgebased investments in growth business clusters, we endeavor to enhance the fnancial well-being and quality of life for our residents. Orange County Economic Development offers: ��� ��� ��� ��� ��� ��� Business expansion, retention, and relocation assistance Small-and minority-owned business support Information on commercial space availability Customized research Orange County Small Business Loan Program Zoned interstate sites with utilities and incentives Contact us: Orange County Economic Development 131 West Margaret Lane ��� P.O. Box 1177, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278 919-245-2325 ��� Fax: 919-644-3008 Email: edcmail@orangecountync.gov ��� Web: http://GrowInOrangeNC.com

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