Halifax County Economic Development Commission News

October 2015 - 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... Read more...
August 2014 - 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… Read more...
July 2014 - 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… Read more...
February 2014 - The addition of Geenex Solar, along with its Solar Center of Excellence, to Halifax County’s industry list is promising new jobs and education for interested residents. Company CEO 31-year-old Georg Veit said Geenex is in the process of converting the former Roanoke Rapids Airport into a 252-acre solar farm with an education and training facility called the Solar Center of Excellence. Veit said the solar power generation site will utilize one of the most reliable systems in the industry and sell the energy it produces to Dominion Power, but he sees this site being so much more than just for… Read more...
October 2013 - Leaders in local agriculture, communications, service, government, medicine, energy, manufacturing and education gathered for lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Wednesday to welcome North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker to the Roanoke Valley, and hear her take on how they fit into state plans for growth. "You are the people in this county who get things done," said Halifax County Commissioner Chairman James Pierce in his welcoming statements. Pierce explained Decker was on a tour of Halifax County, looking at the county's assets and challenges. Decker called it a windshield tour, adding she learned a lot about the county's… Read more...
July 2013 - ROANOKE RAPIDS — Halifax County is now on the forefront of solar energy technology in the Southeast thanks to a collaboration between the county and green-energy companies like Geenex. A new solar panel was constructed outside of the Halifax County Visitors Center Thursday as an example of the panels that will eventually be built at the old Halifax Airport. “It’s a great day ... They (Geenex and its partners) bring a new industry in Halifax County,” said Cathy Scott, executive director for the Halifax County Economic Development Commission. During “Solar Day in Halifax County” Geenex CEO Georg Veit addressed a… Read more...
May 2013 - Don Bright is excited to watch the lumber industry come back to life. Based on economic trends, he believes the demand for products from his company will outpace the ability to produce. That is why the company expanded. Bright is president of Meherrin River Forest Products, lauded last month by Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker for the company's effort to operate a mill in Halifax County. A release from the governor indicated Meherrin would create 40 jobs and invest more than $1.8 million over the next three years at the old Coastal Lumber location. Bright said… Read more...
May 2013 - The construction of a sawmill in Enfield could lead to the formation of a “cluster” of related businesses around it. Klausner Trading U.S.A. President Thomas Mende recently told the Halifax Business Horizons membership the company’s existing sawmills have experienced “clustering” around those facilities. At one of the mills, Mende said, a facility which takes the sawmill’s sawdust for use, a palette company has set up shop, a pellet company has set up shop, and there are facilities which take resin from the wood Klausner uses as well. This clustering, Mende said, means job creation, tax revenue and business revenue, and… Read more...
April 2013 - Active retail space for active lives is coming to the Roanoke Valley with the rebranding and purchase of the former Farm Fresh building at Premier Station, which has led to the lease of a large portion of the complex to Dunham’s Sports. Nick Brown, president and broker in charge of NDB Commercial Real Estate in Raleigh, said he brokered the deal on the premise of creating a “Sports Plaza at Premier Station.” Brown said 56,388 feet of main space will be used by Dunham’s Sports — the largest sporting goods chain in the midwest. The company was founded in 1937… Read more...
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