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Union County being pitched to industry, agriculture, commercial projects for jobs

29 July 2013

By Ken Elkins, Charlotte Business Journal

Monroe and Union County economic development officials want to market three distinct areas of the county for new business and industry, according to a plan approved by the Union Board of County Commissioners.

“It’s really a three-layer cake,” says Chris Platé, executive director of Monroe Union County Economic Development. “It’s almost impossible to market Union County as a unit.”

Those three regions of the county will be branded under Gateway Union County, Monroe Aero and Grow Union County to take advantage of the county’s three strengths, Platé says.

County commissioners approved the two-year economic-development plan last week.

During the next 48 months, Platé and his staff will target precision manufacturing, logistics, agri-business and commercial development in an effort to build the county's job base. In addition, businesses already in those sectors will be highlighted for job retention.

This year, Platé formed a joint city-county economic development agency, replacing the efforts of Union County Partnership for Progress. Both the city and county contribute to Monroe Union County Economic Development.

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