Alliance News March 17, 2020

Regional Roundup for March 17

During these unprecedented times, the Alliance’s commitment to creating the most vibrant, innovative and healthy economy in the nation is more important than ever.  An integral part of our strategy is to support the bedrock of the regional economy, our existing business and industry.  Companies throughout the entire Charlotte Region are fortunate to be located in a place that truly believes in the retention and expansion of existing industry.  Our economic development partners across the region are tirelessly working to provide the most up-to-date information and resources for their business and industry. 

Catawba County
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with The Chamber of Catawba County, Catawba County Public Health and SBTDC will host the COVID-19 & Your Business Webinar Series.  The webinars will focus on providing health and business information related to COVID-19.

Lancaster County
Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and the Lancaster County Council are taking a unique approach to staying competitive during the coronavirus outbreak.  A resolution will be introduced to “address the critical issue of the supply chain vulnerability of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical devices/equipment (life-saving medical products) that exists due to many of these products being manufactured outside the United States.  The resolution will provide unprecedented incentives for life-saving medical product manufacturers that commit to manufacturing those products in Lancaster County. Eligibility requires the products to be life-saving, currently manufactured offshore and the company not owned or controlled by a foreign government. Life-saving medical products that have recently received federal approval for manufacturing and sale are also eligible.” Read more. 

Lincoln County
Lincoln Economic Development Association is taking this time to focus on workforce development, specifically, they are promotion their Edge Factor Community Hub.  While students and parents are home, this is an ideal time for them to access the site, register and search hundreds of exciting videos highlighting a variety of careers.  Many of the videos were shot locally and also feature local industries. In addition to Edge Factor, LEDA is boosting their social media and emails presence by distributing the most current information on small business assistance. 

Mecklenburg County
Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development (OED) is continuing to work as seamlessly as possible to support industry and small business. OED program managers will be emailing information and resources as it becomes available at the local, state and federal levels to our clients. Please see below for a brief overview of OED programs and contact information available to the community.

Existing Industry Support:
The Existing Industry Program provides support and resources to the employers of Mecklenburg County by proactively connecting with manufacturers, distribution and headquarters to understand and respond to local business needs and to retain these companies in the county as they grow and expand. Contact Gretchen Carson at or 980.266.5659.

Small Business Concierge:
The Small Business Concierge Service is a one-stop shop that helps small business and entrepreneurs navigate the resources available across Mecklenburg County, the Charlotte Region, and the State of North Carolina. Entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their business can receive customized guidance and expert advice on a variety of business topics. Contact Mark Stewart at or 980.314.2987.

Capital Coaching and Business Lending:
This program assists small businesses in Mecklenburg County preparing for and accessing financing that makes good economic and business sense. This program works in collaboration with financial institutions, technical assistance providers and other leveraging partners to help grow a diverse range of businesses in our community. Contact Fred Atiemo at or 980.314.2757.

 Rowan County
The Rowan County Manufacturing Network is a program provided by The Rowan EDC offering members of our manufacturing community a case-study approach to sharing best practices in the industry. The Manufacturing Network is built for and exclusively led by Rowan County manufacturers and provides our existing industry employers the opportunity to form new business relationships, learn about neighboring industries and gain knowledge from the experience of our host company. The Rowan County Manufacturing Network was established as a peer-learning network formed to help our local manufacturer’s keep up to date on trends and practices in order to become more competitive and profitable. The meetings typically include lunch and networking opportunities followed by a presentation by the host company and tour of their facility. The range of topics is broad and reflects diversity and experience of the participating manufacturers.  In the past, subjects have included safety, quality, human capital, talent attraction and workforce retention. On the agenda for 2020, host employers will include Daimler, Custom Plastic Forming and Gränges

Iredell EDC is committed to supporting Iredell’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19.  They are working with state, regional, county, and local leaders to help our businesses during this uncertain time.  In addition, Iredell EDC is monitoring guidance from federal, state, and local public health authorities as well as resources provided by the local, state, and federal government.  Updates as more information and resources become available can be found on their website, COVID-19 Iredell Resources.


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