Lincoln County business owner selected for Sen. Hagan committee
Jeff Frushtick, president and CEO of Leonard Automatics in Denver and former chair of the Lincoln County Planning Board, was among those selected for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s recently formed Small Business Advisory Committee.
The full membership of the committee was announced by the senator’s office Thursday afternoon.
The Small Business Advisory Committee was created in March to advise Hagan on legislative issues and assist her in the development of policy proposals to support North Carolina’s small businesses.
“This committee is made up of small-business owners and advocates from across North Carolina whose diverse experience will help me support North Carolina small businesses,” said Hagan in a statement. “My work in the Senate is informed by the input I get at home in North Carolina, and that is especially true for small-business owners whose feedback on everything from regulations to lending climate is key to growing our economy. I look forward to working with all the committee members to help create a better environment to help our small businesses grow and get North Carolina back to work.”
The Advisory Committee will be led by four co-chairs announced in March and comprised of 13 additional members who will meet regularly with Sen. Hagan and her staff. The full committee has already held one teleconference meeting with top Hagan staff.
Businesses break ground on new locations
Two businesses broke ground for additional locations last week. Carolina Eye Care, located on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, will be constructing a new facility in Denver, to be located at 642 North N.C. 16 (beside Red Rooster, across from Black’s Produce).
First Federal Savings Bank will also be expanding its presence in Lincoln County. The bank, which already has branches operating in Lincolnton, Boger City and Denver, plans to build a new location at 4461 West N.C. 27.
Local unemployment rate continues to decline
Lincoln County again saw its jobless rate decrease in the latest figures released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The number dropped from 9.3 percent in March to 8.7 percent for April.
An even greater decline was seen last month, when the unemployment rate dropped almost a whole percentage point from 10.2 percent in February. This time last year, that rate sat at 9.4 percent.
The new data situates Lincoln County as having the 40th lowest jobless rate among the state’s 100 counties.
The county’s labor force was documented as 39,696. The number of unemployed workers in the county stood at 3,467.
Across the state, 96 other counties experienced similar decreases in unemployment rates, with two counties seeing increases and one whose rate remained unchanged.
Downtown business receives award for renovations
Sharon and Randy Patton recently received the City of Lincolnton Polished Apple Award for the renovation of their downtown building, located at 119 E. Sycamore St. The building is the current home of antique shop, 2nd Tyme Finds. Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland presented the award on behalf of the Downtown Development Association.
The Polished Apple Award is a citywide recognition program established to recognize and encourage positive community-design improvements in Lincolnton. An initiative of the Business and Community Development Department, the award’s recipients are selected by a volunteer citizen group and are determined based on the established program criteria.
“The award recognizes business and property owners that exemplify community pride by exceptional upkeep and improvements to their properties,” said Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth in a press release regarding the award. “We want folks to take pride in the appearance of our community and give recognition to those that make exemplary efforts to do so.”
The review committee meets on a regular basis to review applications and nominations. A property owner may apply, or a noteworthy improvement project may be nominated, to receive the award. For more information on the Polished Apple Award, contact the Business and Community Development Department at (704) 736-8915.