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Burke Development Inc. is the economic development agency charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. The Office Manager will perform a variety of routine and complex administrative duties ensuring the office has the best working environment and professional setting. Duties will include, but are not limited to:
- Managing organizational support services
- Financial management
- Assist with various marketing and communication efforts and initiatives
- Two-year degree in business or related field, and/or two to five years’ experience in office management or an equivalent combination of training and experience
- Knowledgeable and proficient in QuickBooks Pro & Microsoft Office
Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
BDI will host a Housing Summit on Aug. 30 from 10:00am to 2:00pm to discuss the need for more housing in Burke County. The organization invites realtors, contractors, builders, lenders, banks, developers, appraisers and elected officials to join them for this engaging conversation. For more information or to inquire about attending please contact Sara Chester at 828-764-9374.
For Immediate Release
VanNoppen Marketing Retained as Creative Partner for Workforce Initiative
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (June 21, 2017) – VanNoppen Marketing, LLC has been retained by Burke Development, Inc. as the creative partner for Phase II of a countywide workforce initiative in Burke County. The initial focus of this effort will be the creation of a new website and content to raise the awareness concerning career opportunities that are available in the community and the training needed to qualify for these positions.
VanNoppen was selected because of their familiarity with the community, their proven ability to create collaborative Web- and Internet-marketing campaigns and their ability to work closely with the many partners involved in the project. The primary partners include several local employers: Leviton, Valdese Weavers, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, Continental Corporation, E. J. Victor and Kellex along with Western Piedmont Community College, Burke County Schools, Burke Development, Inc., Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board and others.
The work on Phase II will begin with the creation of a new website, the development of a social media campaign, and video content about ten of the county’s largest employers focusing on their unique qualities and on jobs that are available within these industries.
This will start to respond to the issues that were uncovered in Phase I of the project, which indicated that there are many jobs going unfilled at the current time and citizens are unaware of the opportunities that exist. This is occurring in spite of Western Piedmont Community College increasing the number of training programs and offerings in the community. The plan calls for a long-term focus on this issue, for a period of five years or more, with the initial target being middle and high school students and their parents.
About VanNoppen Marketing:
VanNoppen Marketing, LLC (VNM) was founded in Morganton NC in 2001 as a marketing partner and consultant to businesses seeking to elevate marketing-, brand awareness-, and public relations-related endeavors. In the course of 15 successful years VNM has evolved from a single operator into an established, award-winning, full-service strategic marketing practice offering a deep spectrum of services to businesses, governments and professionals across the United States. These services include, but are not limited to: Branding; Graphic Design; robust Internet-based Marketing (website design and development, social media management; eBlasts; news syndication); Public Relations; Media Relations; Advertising; Strategic Marketing Development; Community Integration, and more.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. Learn more about BDI: www.BurkeDevInc.com.
For Immediate Release
Burke County Receives $300,000 EPA Grant
Funding Will Help with Assessment and Cleanup of Brownfields
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (June 5, 2017) – Burke County received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist with the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites. The funds will focus on the urban corridor including Morganton, Glen Alpine, Drexel, Valdese, Rutherford College and Hildebran.
“This was a collaborative effort to bring federal dollars into Burke County to start down the path to revive local industrial sites for future use and employment of our citizens,” said Bryan Steen, Burke County Manager. “The grant was a long process that took a lot of hours of staff time and coordination with other groups. I’m glad the application was successful and funded.”
The EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities to assess, clean up and reuse contaminated properties. The funds can be used to determine the extent of site contamination, remove environmental uncertainties and clean up contaminated properties where needed.
According to the EPA, studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2%. Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) and many of the County’s municipalities assisted with the grant application. They have identified several sites where the funds could be used, including former furniture plants.
“These funds will help us redevelop vacant and unused properties, which is a key piece of BDI’s plan of work,” said President and CEO Alan Wood. “This is another important step toward having more marketable industrial sites in our community, which is vital if we’re going to retain existing companies that want to grow or attract new businesses to our community.”
Cardno, a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, and Electricities, a membership organization including public power communities, also assisted BDI and Burke County with the grant application.
About Burke Development, Inc.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
For Immediate Release
BDI Publishes Workforce Campaign Report
Research Gauges Perceptions of Students, Parents and Millennials Toward Job Opportunities
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 16, 2016) – Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) has published a report from the first phase of its workforce marketing campaign, which evaluates the perceptions citizens have of the job opportunities available in Burke County. Research was gathered from 10 focus groups, as well as interviews and surveys with over 260 students, parents, employers and millennials.
The full, 15-page report, an overview presentation and survey results can be accessed on BDI’s website at www.burkedevinc.com/workforcemarketingcampaign. The information details the current attitudes of students, parents and millennials toward Burke County jobs, specifically manufacturing and healthcare related positions. It also evaluates the communications channels that are most effective in reaching these audiences and the key messages that will best change their attitudes.
BDI embarked on the campaign, in partnership with Western Piedmont Community College and Burke County Public Schools, because many existing companies are struggling to find and retain employees. This is especially true in manufacturing.
According to NCWorks Burke Career Center Manager Chuck Brown, during the second week of December the office had approximately 300 vacancies in Burke County and over one-third of those were for manufacturing occupations. This is despite the fact that manufacturing companies typically offer higher than average wages and employee benefits.
BDI President Alan Wood expressed the need for the campaign, “We want to expose young people and their parents to the jobs available and also demonstrate the path a student should take to pursue a career in these fields. There are well-paying jobs that offer opportunities for advancement right here in Burke County.”
Dr. Michael Helmick, President of Western Piedmont Community College, agreed, “It is important to note that while those jobs are unfilled the education and training to prepare for those jobs is available at Western Piedmont Community College. The cost is incredibly low and sometimes even free. I hope with the advent of this new awareness campaign we can provide information that will change attitudes about education and employment in our area.”
With the research phase complete BDI will move forward with implementing the campaign, which will require participation from community organizations, private sector employers, foundations and public sector supporters. Next steps include the finalization of a comprehensive communications plan, creation of branding and development of an annual budget for the campaign, which is a long-term, five-year strategy.
About Burke Development, Inc.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit economic development organization supported by private and public funding that supports and promotes the development of jobs, investment and wealth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
Molded Fiber Glass will expand its current facility resulting in the creation of at least 20 new jobs. Read more…
Leviton Completes Renovation
Leviton has completed renovations to the Morganton facility in North Carolina. Improvements have been made to the cafeteria, administration area, and exterior of the building. Upgrades include open market food service, larger flexible training areas, and enhanced security. For energy efficiency; new glass, siding, and LED lighting has been installed. The exterior is finished with new walkways, landscaping, and logo.
Functionally, all service and support departments are now in one central location for optimum communication, efficiency, and teamwork. A recreation room is planned for employees along with a new ECS (Employee Communication System) for distributing information real-time including news and weather.
In manufacturing, Leviton has invested in capital equipment and tooling including electric injection molding presses, and automation. Investments are being made as well in human capital through employee training and development at all levels.
Leviton’s Morganton facility has been in continuous operation since 1966, and produces products for the Residential and Commercial/Industrial Business Units.