For Immediate Release

 A Caring Alternative to Expand at One North Square

$230,000 Building Reuse Grant Will Support Renovations

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 19, 2017) – The City of Morganton has been awarded a $230,000 building reuse grant to support the renovation of One North Square. A Caring Alternative, a comprehensive care agency providing behavioral health and substance use disorder services, will expand in the 24,170-sq. ft. building and add 23 jobs.

A Caring Alternative provides individualized whole person care, increases access to care, and improves health outcomes for individuals in Burke County who are uninsured or underinsured and/or who have complex medical and behavioral health conditions. Jobs to be created at the facility include a program manager, property manager, psychiatrist, an IT specialist, billing specialist, therapist and peer support employees. The company currently has 29 part-time and 132 full-time employees.

A Caring Alternative will use the One North Square building to provide a one-stop access point to primary care, behavioral healthcare, and many other community services. In order to use the building, which was constructed in 1974, for mental health and medical space the HVAC, windows and lighting needed to be modified and updated.

The Building Reuse program provides grants to local government units to support economic development activity that leads to the creation of new, full-time jobs and gives priority to projects located in the 80 most distressed counties in the state. This project falls in the Building Reuse Program’s Rural Health category, which requires new construction, renovation, or expansion of a health care facility with a NC licensure.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.

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.

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For Immediate Release

 VEKA to Locate in Burke County

German Company Will Bring 102 New Jobs to Morganton

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (December 6, 2017) – VEKA, a global leader in the vinyl extrusion industry, will locate a new facility in Burke County. Over the next four years the company will create 102 jobs and invest $18M. This is the fourth facility in the United States for the family-owned, German company.

“North Carolina was a perfect location choice for us,” said Joe Peilert, VEKA’s North American President. “The City of Morganton has welcomed us with open arms, we are excited to join this great community as a new neighbor.”

VEKA, Inc. is one of North America’s most respected suppliers of vinyl window and door profiles. They will receive a $500,000 performance-based grant from the One N.C. Fund, which provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Burke County and the City of Morganton have approved local incentives matching 50% of the new taxable investment for seven years.

“We’re happy to support this project,” said Chairman of the Burke County Board of Commissioners Jeff Brittain. “This is the eleventh foreign flagged company in the county and it speaks volumes about our workforce and infrastructure that we continue to see international companies, that consider locations all across the U.S., select Burke County for a new operation.”

“We’re thrilled to see this announcement of jobs and new investment,” said Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson. “For the City it is also a win to get a company back in that facility that will offset the loss of Caterpillar in terms of utility usage.”

Caterpillar announced they would close their 160,000-square foot facility on Ceramic Tile Drive in April 2016. Since then the company has wound down its operations and VEKA, Inc. has plans to occupy the facility and begin operations in early 2018.

“I’m excited to have a quality company reusing this now vacant structure,” said Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. “This addition will assist our efforts to grow and diversify our manufacturing base.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Burke County, the City of Morganton, and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project.

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.

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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.1818

For Immediate Release

 BDI Holds Kickoff for Thrive’22 Campaign

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (November 29, 2017) – Burke Development, Inc. held a kickoff event on November 28 at the Morganton Community House for its Thrive’22 Campaign. BDI staff and campaign leaders were happy to announce they have already raised nearly 80 percent of the campaign goal of $1 million dollars.

The five-year, private sector campaign will support BDI’s program of work and goal to grow the economy and create a bright economic future for Burke County. Thrive’22 is co-led by Campaign Chairs Kathy Bailey, CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, and Chris Rice, President of Kellex Seating.

“BDI’s Thrive’22 campaign will support programs that are crucial to current and potential new employers,” said Kathy Bailey. “In this competitive environment for growth, our county and the Foothills Region will succeed if we work together, as friends and neighbors, in this public/private collaboration.”

Thirty-seven companies and individuals have contributed to the campaign for a total of $782,500. The increase in BDI’s budget, which is primarily funded by public sector, will support the creation of over 1,520 direct and indirect new jobs and over $90M in new capital investment. It will allow for increased efforts for business retention and expansion, workforce development, business development and marketing, product development and investor relations and development.

“My thanks to everyone who attended the event and the partners who have committed funds at this point in time,” said BDI President and CEO Alan Wood. “We look forward to increasing the number and working with other people and businesses in the community to reach our goal.”

Alan Wood has served as President and CEO of BDI since March of 2015 and since that time the organization has announced 11 new or expanded industries for a total of 699 new jobs and over $82M in new capital investment.

Visit www.burkedevinc.com/thrive22 for more information.

About BDI:

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.

Contact:

Alan Wood

828-764-9372

Office Manager

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

Qualifications are:

  • 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 hope@burkedevinc.com

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.

Read more about this issue in this article and this article from the Morganton News Herald.

          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.

About BDI:

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.

Contact:

Alan Wood

828-764-9372

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.

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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.1818

For Immediate Release
BDI President & CEO Alan Wood Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation 
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (May 19, 2017) – Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development Inc. (BDI), has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Wood first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2009. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Alan Wood, who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With 15 years of economic development experience, Mr. Wood has a history of success in assisting with the growth and development of new and existing industries within the communities that he has served. In his current position with BDI, he and his staff have received several national and regional awards as well as announcing projects that have accounted for $78,000,000 in new investment and over 600 new jobs.
The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skill in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Mr. Wood first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination; testing his knowledge, proficiency and judgement in key areas of economic development.
As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Alan Wood and over 1,000 other Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy and improve quality of life for the people they serve.
About IEDC
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s member’s are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  For more information about IEDC visit www.iedconline.org
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.
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Contact:

Alan Wood

828.764.9372

BDI Receives Grant to Support Workforce Development Initiative
For Immediate Release
Burke County, N.C. (May 5, 2017)- Burke Development Inc. (BDI) has been awarded a grant from the newly created “Maximize Carolina” program. The $75,000 grant (with 15% of the amount being provided by matching funds from project partners) will assist in kicking off Phase II of the “Burke County Workforce Marketing” initiative.
Phase I of the project, was completed in November of 2016, establishing that there is a lack of understanding on what opportunities are available in the county and that locating the information when available is extremely difficult. This data was developed through a series of surveys and interviews with local citizens.
Phase II supported by the Maximize Carolina Grant will begin to address the gaps in information on jobs available in the marketplace now and growth areas anticipated in the future. It will tie these opportunities to the training required to successfully attain these positions (much of the training being available through Western Piedmont Community College) and provide information on possible assistance with funding the required training.
The campaign is being spear-headed and funded by partners from across the county, region and state, including: local business and industry, Western Piedmont Community College, Burke County Public Schools, Burke County Chamber of Commerce, Western Piedmont Workforce Development, BDI and others. Work will begin immediately to create the content for a robust website and a multi-media marketing plan aimed at providing needed information to primarily middle-school students and their parents. Plans are to expand the reach of the program as more resources become available.
Alan Wood, President and CEO of BDI had the following to say concerning the grant and the campaign “We appreciate the assistance provided by the NC Department of Commerce to our efforts. With the rapid changes taking place in technology in the workplace, it is increasingly important for all students to continue their education beyond high school. With all our partners engaged in these efforts, we believe we can close the information gap that exist and assist more of our students in finding a career that is right for them.”
The Maximize Carolina Sector grants are designed to “address skills gaps in robust and emerging industry sectors” according to the NC Commerce website. These grants can be used to address challenges such as applicants lacking specific skills, lack of sector brand awareness and work-based learning opportunities.
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. BDIworks 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.
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Contact:
Alan Wood