Q. Why has Pender County blocked any new manufacturing or “big box” businesses in the county? Is it true that the county commissioners don’t want the standard of living to go up and put hardship on the local business man? What about those of us that can’t find jobs but still like living in the county? Should we move elsewhere?
A. Pender Commissioners say the county has not blocked new manufacturing or “big box” businesses from coming into the county.
“I’m not aware of any ‘big box’ businesses that have tried to come into the county that have been blocked by commissioners,” said Commissioner David Williams, when presented with this question.
Williams said that when he thinks of “Big Box” businesses, he thinks of things like a Target or a Wal-Mart, but he said sufficient sewer and water infrastructure needs to be in place in order to attract such big companies.
Williams says it’s also untrue that that the county commissioners don’t want the standard of living to go up and put hardship on the local business man.
Williams and Commissioner chairman George Brown said rather than blocking new manufacturing businesses from coming into the county, county officials are trying to do the opposite—attract more new manufacturing businesses and jobs to the area.
“If you ask the question of why haven’t we had any businesses, Pender County is more of a bedroom community for New Hanover County, we have a lot of residential folks here, but you have to have water and sewer to attract a lot of businesses,” Brown said. “We’re just now getting started with increasing our infrastructure to support that kind of business. We’re just now finishing up on our water plant and have planned to begin our sewer plant right behind that as soon as possible. We’re going to have to have these kinds of things in order to attract business and industry, which is very expensive for the county to involve itself with.”
Williams adds, “We’ve invested in the Pender Industrial (Commerce) Park and are trying to lure businesses with good paying jobs to Pender County.” He says, with the help of the organization Wilmington Business Development, the county is making efforts to create more job opportunities in the county.
Williams said he understands that many who are looking for jobs feel frustrated.
Date posted: November 2, 2012
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