In its initial research, Retail Strategies Group found that Granite Falls is missing out on more than $87.1 million in sales across all categories, including nearly $20 million in general merchandise sales and just over $16 million in supermarket and grocery sales, Laura Hudson of Retail Strategies said. That is money that local residents now are going elsewhere to spend.
Adhezion Biomedical, winner of Hudson’s 2014 Best Business of the Year Award, is more than doubling its footprint on Pine Mountain Road with a new facility that’s nearing completion.
Over the next few months, Caldwell County's potential for new retail businesses will get a thorough evaluation by a market-research firm.
But the company also will actively court businesses that its research says could be successful here.
For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.
A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?
Three Caldwell County manufacturers were given more time Monday to qualify for incentives that are tied to how many people they hire.
Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.
The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.
Gov. Pat McCrory came to Lenoir on Saturday to congratulate Bernhardt Furniture on its 125 years of manufacturing quality furniture in Lenoir.
After being asked repeatedly whether he knew any students who are skilled as a maintenance technician, and tired of saying no, Jeff Holman decided to start a program that would let him say yes.
Health care workers now can get three kinds of certifications in a single course at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute that costs less than a third of what it used to cost to get all three.
In recent years, the cluster of biotechnology companies that has taken root and grown in the Lenoir area has been turning some heads among statewide economic development officials, who now are using the cluster as a potential lure for more biotech jobs.
The total number of Caldwell County residents who have jobs increased in July even as a seasonal swing in the job market statewide caused the local unemployment rate to inch slightly higher, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.
Bakers Waste opened its Lenoir plant last year, but on Wednesday morning, city and county officials, economic development representatives and the company's top staff gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to celebrate the company’s success and formally welcome the company to the area.
Lenoir officials hope to come up with better ideas than the state has proposed for replacing the interchange at Smith’s Crossroads, they said at the city’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday. The plan for a wide interchange and overpass would displace more than 20 businesses.
Historic properties in Lenoir like the Center Theater and the old Blue Bell factory on College Avenue may be facing tougher paths to rehabilitation, as special tax credits that help property owners are set to expire at the end of the year.
If the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits are allowed to expire at the end of this year as planned, it could put a damper on the development of historic buildings all over North Carolina, including Lenoir and Caldwell County.
Six Caldwell County students received scholarships from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp.
Google will be taking over the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center in a few weeks to host a free conference, teaching area educators, emergency responders, seniors, nonprofits and small business owners the ins and outs of several Google products.
Experts will be on hand to teach the newest and best Google has to offer, from the wearable computer Google Glass, to Google apps, Gmail, Google Drive and more.
Caldwell County officials hope retail development will get a shot in the arm from hiring a firm to both study the local market and recruit potential retailers to the area.
Local officials have been working for years to make this study a reality, allocating funds in the two prior county budgets, but never finding an arrangement that worked until now, said Deborah Murray, executive director of the county’s Economic Development Commission.
In the last two years, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, a mental health service provider in Western North Carolina, has reduced its cost of services by more than $20 million while increasing its number of providers and the number of patients it treats, agency officials said Friday.
For the past two years, Smoky Mountain has been able to operate under a waiver that allows the organization to bypass certain federal Medicaid requirements.
Roger Dean Bailey Jr., 41, of Hickory, formerly a sales manager with Homes America in Hudson, was sentenced Wednesday to two and half years in federal prison for his role in a mortgage and consumer fraud conspiracy.
The three-story, 142,000-square-foot former headquarters of Broyhill Furniture Industries, built in the 1960s, once was a gleaming icon of the region’s leading industry, and it drew a couple dozen community leaders Tuesday to praise it for what it is now: an icon of Caldwell County’s hopes for economic transformation. The building, bought by pharmaceutical maker Exela Pharma Sciences in April 2013, is in transformation itself, partially renovated, partially occupied and partially vacant. Tuesday was its ceremonial ribbon-cutting as Exela's headquarters.
Even if the contract terms that the Caldwell County commissioners have proposed for buying water from Lenoir had been in place last year, the county would still have fallen short of its minimum water purchase.
But the amount would be so close — less than 14 million gallons — that at current rates, the county might pay less than $30,000 to make up the difference, instead of the $130,000 it paid this past fiscal year.
All water customers served by Lenoir and the county water system could wind up paying higher rates, however, since Lenoir would have to make up for that loss of $100,000 a year in revenue it now counts on to balance its water system’s budget, city officials said Tuesday.
Caldwell County wants to change the terms of the contract it signed to buy water from Lenoir in 2007.
The agreement runs until 2022, but board chairman Clay Bollinger called it “monopolistic,” saying it’s “the most unfair thing I’ve seen in my six years” on the board of commissioners.
A group of local residents and city officials are taking the first steps to try to fix the the north Main Street corridor. The goal is to create a gateway to downtown Lenoir that puts the city’s best foot forward, improving the appearance and creating a safe, walkable area that makes a good first impression