US SENATOR ATTENDS LEDA BOARD MEETING
Lincoln County, NC: Senator Richard Burr visited Lincoln County and attended a board of directors meeting at the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Senator came to discuss economic development and gave updates on economic policies. He also indicated that North Carolina is one of the top three states that industry considers in their location process. LEDA also arranged for Senator Burr, tour of Blum, Inc. and industry located on the eastern end of Lincoln County. Blum, Inc headquartered in Austria is a manufacturer of kitchen cabinet and furniture hardware and located its US facility in Lincoln County in 1979. Since then the company has had several building and equipment expansions and offers over 350 employees a state-of-the-art facility to work. Blum also offers an outstanding apprenticeship program called, Apprenticeship 2000. LEDA encourages and welcomes the opportunity for officials to learn more about the growth of industry in Lincoln County. About LEDA Lincoln Economic Development Association is a private, 501c(3) non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial and office development in Lincolnton and Lincoln County. LEDA’s mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an enhancement of the standard of living by creating more and better jobs for the citizens of Lincolnton and Lincoln County and an increased and diversified tax base to provide needed community services. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business; attraction of diversified base industries and improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County.