ELKIN — The Surry County Board of Commissioners is packing up and heading south for Monday’s board meeting, which will be held at Elkin High School, county officials said.
The meeting is set to get under way at 6 p.m., in the high school’s media center.
A brief agenda highlights the meeting, with a public hearing on a proposed economic development incentive topping expected board action.
The county’s hearing on the as-yet-unnamed business, known as Project Shield, follows a move by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners, who recently set its own public hearing on a proposed incentive package for the potential industry.
The Mount Airy hearing is scheduled for March 21.
According to economic development officials, the company has plans to invest about $1.5 million in Mount Airy to purchase equipment and upgrade an existing building, and create about 20 jobs over a two-year period.
Mount Airy is offering up to $33,090 in incentives, which includes a $5,000 matching grant from the North Carolina Rural Center. Surry County also is considering an incentive package for the project, which involves a cash grant of about $28,000 from the rural center with a local match of up to $5,000.
The incentives are based on job creation, according to officials.
“It’s a local company, a metal working industry,” said Surry County Economic Development Partnership President Todd Tucker. “We’re in negotiations to expand their facility with another plant they operate outside of North Carolina.”
While another locality is vying for the project, if it locates in Surry County Project Shield is expected to create around 20 jobs.
Following the hearing, County Manager Chris Knopf is expected to address general county business with the board.
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