Article Source: Dandron, Jennifer. “Iredell board chairman says economic development the priority in 2017.” January 8, 2016. Article Link.
Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory outlined his New Year goals as increasing economic development, making progress on county building projects and enhancing quality of life for residents.
“In line with the county’s strategic goals for economic development, education, public safety and justice, and public health and well being, I hope to see the following accomplishments, all while maintaining the lowest property tax rate of all of our nine contiguous counties,” he said.
Here are Mallory’s top three goals for the county in 2017:
1: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
“(My goal is) that we will become even more competitive in attracting and retaining good wage commercial and industrial employers by more effectively marketing the diversified assets of all of our communities.”
The county can do this in two ways, Mallory said, first by “proactively working with all of our municipalities (through) the recent alignment of the two economic development corporations — Statesville Regional Development Corporation and the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation — under Director Russ Rogerson,” and second “by expanding workforce development initiatives in conjunction with the collaborative efforts among the county, chambers of commerce, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mooresville Graded Schools, Mitchell Community College, and the business and non-profit communities.”
2: CONSTRUCTION ON MAJOR PROJECTS
Iredell County has undertaken two major projects to improve public safety in the coming years: the expansion of the Iredell County Jail and the creation of a Public Safety Complex. Both are multi-million dollar projects, and Mallory hopes construction will start on both this year.
“(My goal is) that construction will begin after months of planning, permitting and preparation for the Iredell County Detention Center expansion and Public Safety building, thereby enhancing our ability to provide appropriate level of services for law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Communications and Emergency Management and fire and rescue services for a growing population.”
3: QUALITY OF LIFE
Various smaller projects, including the demolition of the asbestos-filled old Davis Hospital on West End Avenue in Statesville, are in the works to better the lives of Iredell residents, Mallory said. The chairman resolves to move forward with the projects in 2017.
“(My goal is) that we will enhance our citizens’ quality of life through breaking ground on the new Jennings Park, collaborating with the Iredell-Statesville Schools to expand recreational opportunities and the demolition of the old Davis Hospital complex to make way for the new Mitchell Community College Allied Health Sciences building to support the training of future local health care providers.”