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BDI Annual Report

Burke Development wrapped up their 2010-2011 fiscal year on June 30 and presented an Annual Report to the BDI Board. Here are some of the highlights. Our biggest highlights for the 2010-11 year were the five job creation announcements made including Carolina Artisan Group, Lyon Manufacturing, Gieger/Herman Miller, Ice River Springs and Ekornes ? which totaled over 350 new jobs for Burke County! All of us at BDI worked hard this year to create more partnerships within the community. Through these relationships we were able to launch several beneficial programs. “Celebrate Burke Business”, which recognizes local business and industry by providing a catered lunch, was launched this year and was a huge hit that wouldn’t have been possible without the partnerships within the community. We also put a lot of effort this year into expanding our marketing efforts, not only for BDI, but for Burke Business Park. A new website, www.BurkeBusinessPark.com, was launched to help promote the park to both local and regional developers and brokers.

“Looking back over the past fiscal year with BDI and Burke County, I could not be more pleased with our endeavors and accomplishments. We are a long way from where we started in the early Spring of 2010. We have established a new brand for the organization, updated all of our marketing materials, redesigned our website, moved into new offices, hired additional staff, and this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the projects we’ve worked and existing industries we’ve reached out to over the past year.” – Scott Darnell, BDI President

We continue to meet with existing businesses in the community and hold presentations for local community groups in order to share our vision and explain the process of economic development. Are you interested in becoming a BDI Partner? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Misti at misti@burkedevinc.com.

“Not to use a trite statement, but we really ‘hit the ground running’ and our journey is just beginning. We continue to embark on new endeavors, uncover new leads and new opportunities for business and industry growth, with each passing week. It was my first official year at BDI and it has been fast paced, but that’s the preferred pace! We look forward to more great results in 2011-2012.” – Scott Darnell

We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you during the upcoming year! Click here to see the full report presented to the BDI Board


Burke Development Incorporated, BDI, is a nonprofit 501c3 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, existing businesses, government agencies and other entities to promote growth, innovation and sustainability in Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.

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