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PRESS RELEASE, Catawba County
November 18, 2016

NEWTON, NC -- In line with their strategic plan initiative, Catawba County Commissioners joined municipal and business leaders for a tour of local business parks as part of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) competitiveness assessment of Catawba County. 

The tour was one of two coordinated by the EDC and its Committee of 100 to help assess the County's current and future economic development potential for recruiting businesses and workers to the County. 

The first tour, which took place earlier this month, visited business parks in Rock Hill, S.C., Gastonia, N.C., and Lincoln County, N.C., to view what area counties are offering in the competitive economic development marketplace.  

Yesterday's tour visited several sites with development potential inside Catawba County, including locations in Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Maiden, and Newton. 

"These tours are part of an EDC initiative to ensure Catawba County can be as competitive as possible in comparison to what other communities have to offer," said Scott Millar, President, Catawba County EDC. "In addition to coordinating visits, we have partnered with a consultant to complete a more formal assessment of these sites that will be reviewed with the local leadership in early December." 

Following presentation of the assessment's findings, the EDC will work with the County Commissioners, municipal leader, and other partners to identify specific action steps that can be taken to achieve local economic development goals. 

More information about the EDC's initiatives can be found on its website,

Media Contacts:
Scott Millar, President, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, (828) 267-1564, 
Amy McCauley, Catawba County Communications & Marketing Director, (828) 465-8464,


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