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LEDA to get new facility downtown

Thirty new industries have moved to Lincoln County, and 27 have expanded operations since 2000.

The organization that worked to bring those cmpanies to the county will soon have a new facility of its own. LEDA will move to a new downtown facility at 502 E. Main Street in January, said operations director Rhonda Hunter.

The organization currently occupies a space in the county government building on East Congress Street.

“With their space crunch, they could actually use this space, too,” Hunter said.

The soil and water department of Lincoln County plans to move into its offices once they clear out, Hunter said.

First Charter Bank donated land for the project in February after constructing a new building in 2006. The organization chose Howard Construction Company of Lincolton to build its future.

Many of the surrounding counties built new buildings for their economic development organization, Hunter said. This makes Lincoln County’s organization competitive.

The move also makes the economic gorup more visible and brings potential businesses to the city’s history downtown.

LEDA broke away from Lincoln County government in 1996. It’s now a nonprofit organization working to bring in businesses.

New and existing industries have added 2,856 new jobs in Lincoln County over the last five years.