Alexander County EDC receives $1.1 million for improving building sites



Sometimes, potential new employers need sites ready for construction when their unavailable.

That's the objective behind a recent $2.92 million grant the North Carolina Railroad Company recently made to Alexander, Burke, Johnston, Moore, Montgomery, and Pitt counties. According to the N.C. Railroad Company, each county will improveme available rail-served sites in preparation for future industrial development. The goal is to increase growth in local communities.

The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation received money from two grants for over $1.1 million. According to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, the Alexander EDC received $500,000 from N.C. Railroad Company and $632,412 from the Golden LEAF Foundation in December 2021.

Alexander EDC Executive Director David Icenhour said in a statement to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance that the money will be used to make improvements to a site in Alexander Industrial Park.

According to the N.C. Railway Company, the build-ready sites grant money may be used for land preparation, water and sewer extension and speculative buildings in certain situations.

“It is impossible to overstate the economic significance of the funding we are going to receive through the Build Ready Sites program,” Icenhour said in a statement to the N.C. Railroad Company. “NCRR is a great partner to have in developing and promoting interest in our planned rail site in the Alexander Industrial Park. We’re extremely appreciative of the grant award from the North Carolina Railroad Company and look forward to seeing this project result in new jobs and investment for Alexander County.”
The Brushy Mountains in Alexander County are pictured in this 2008 photo. The county EDC is the recipient of $1.1 million in grant money.Wikimedia Commons

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