The Albemarle Business Center has been successful in passing the initial round of selection for a million-dollar grant program. This announcement was made by Director Candice Lowder at a recent meeting of the Stanley County Economic Development Commission. The grant program, established by the North Carolina General Assembly and administered by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), will provide $10 million for the next fiscal year. The SelectSites Readiness Program aims to identify up to 15 sites, with specific size criteria. Along with the Badin Business Park and the Bradley Industrial Site in Norwood, the Albemarle Business Center, located in the southern part of the city, covers 282 hectares and was selected for the grant program.

Lindsay Almond, director of the Albemarle Economic Development Commission, expressed her delight at the center’s selection, highlighting the benefits of being selected for the grant program. The business center, which is already classified as a SmartSite through Electricities, had several documents to help with its selection. The prospective company visited the Albemarle Business Center in February.

Charles Curcio has been in his role as sports editor of Stanley News & Press for more than 16 years. He has won multiple awards for his work in sports journalism and has written numerous news stories and features throughout his career. Charles was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year Award and was named the 2014 CNHI Sports Editor of the Year. Additionally, he received an award from Boone Newspapers and won four awards from the North Carolina Press Association.

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