The Future of Catawba County Summit


The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce hosted The Future of Catawba County Summit yesterday at Moretz Mills, where the doctrine of the K-64 Learning Initiative was officially signed by all involved community partners including Catawba County, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Catawba County Schools, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools.

The initiative focuses on six priorities including connecting every student with technology in and out of the classroom, character and soft skills development, developing tech savvy educators, work-based learning, encouraging employer engagement and helping with career adaptability.

The Summit kicked-off with a 2017 Economic Outlook by Gus Faucher, Chief Deputy Economist with PNC Bank. Other agenda items included:

  1. 2017 Regional Profile, Taylor Dellinger, Data Analyst, WPCOG
  2. Catawba County Economic Development Update, Scott Millar, President, Catawba EDC
  3. Catawba County Strategic Plan, Randy Isenhower, Chairman, Catawba County Commissioners
  4. Downtown Living Survey / Housing, Jacky Eubanks, Planning Director of Catawba County / Donna Adams, Adams Commercial Real Estate Services (ACRES)
  5. K-64 Learning Initiative, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, CVCC
  6. Veteran Recruitment, Kimberly Williams, Executive Director, NC for Military Recruitment (NC4ME)

The Summit was presented by PNC Bank. Sponsored by Cosmo Motors, Inc. and Cricket Wireless.

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