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LEDA Hosts Familiarization Tour

LEDA Hosts Familiarization Tour


NC Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker Tours Lincoln County


Lincoln County, NC – The Lincoln Economic Development Association hosted a Familiarization Tour on April 4, 2014 as part of their legislative awareness goals for the organization.  Participating in the tour was Secretary Sharon Decker and Uconda Dunn from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. 


The tour included visits to Airlie Business Park, Lincoln County Industrial Park, H.S. Smith Data Center Site and Indian Creek Industrial Park and the future Airport Business Park.   The purpose of the tour was to familiarize the new leader of Commerce with Lincoln County’s readily available assets to assist in the growth of North Carolina.  Innovative investments in the way of utilities infrastructure, site improvements, transportation and education have been implemented to make Lincolnton and Lincoln County prepared for continued investment by domestic and international companies.


Discussion items were the soon to be completed 200+ acre Airlie Business Park, Lincoln County’s new premiere business and industrial center located near Lake Norman and just 20 Miles from Charlotte Douglas Int. Airport.  In central Lincoln County, the visitors toured the successful Lincoln County Industrial Park, where recently announced Medline Industries will soon begin construction of a new 400,000 s.f. distribution center, along with a new facility to be built this year by Borghetti Turbos, a Brazilian specialty automotive company.   The newly identified H.S. Smith Data Center Site was another highlight, a site that provides excellent data connectivity with necessary electrical and water supply while enjoying an ideal topography.  Available acreage ready for immediate construction was also visited in the Indian Creek Industrial park in Lincolnton along with the improvements being made at the Airport Business Park for future business sites.


After the tour our guest were treated to lunch at the LEDA office which was catered by Cassie Parsons, co-owner of Farmer Baker Sausage Maker who also has plans to open a restaurant in downtown Lincolnton.  Joining our guest from commerce were Johnathan Rhyne, Chairman of the Golden Leaf Foundation, Alex Patton, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Mayor John Gilleland and Bo King, Chairman of the LEDA Board.


LEDA has a strong relationship with the NC Dept. of Commerce.  Hosting Secretary Decker was a welcomed event to help also learn more about the ongoing evolution of the State’s economic development agency.  In addition to LEDA’s guests learning more about the Lincoln County area, LEDA officials were able to garner insight into Commerce’s new plans for the enhanced growth of North Carolina.


“The visit to Lincoln County has been a great experience, the attention to details throughout the day made a huge impact on me as I am sure visitors from potential companies receive the same treatment.  Lincoln County has an array of options in the various business parks to offer interested firms. The collaboration between economic development and local government in Lincoln County is impressive and obviously rewarding”, says, Secretary Sharon Decker with the NC Department of Commerce.    


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, improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County and growing stage 2 entrepreneurial companies.  LEDA is a supporting member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.