By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
An increased number of Gainesville High School student interested in the Career and Technology Center at NCTC has encouraged the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) to increase scholarship awards from a budgeted $20,000 per year to $36,000 as detailed in a recent GEDC meeting Monday. The scholarships are for senior students who are eligible to participate in the CTC programs
GEDC executive director Kent Sharp said that of the 60 GHS students taking industrial classes this year, 20 are seniors. The number of seniors taking CTC classes is as follows: seven seniors are taking combination welding; five seniors are taking industrial maintenance including hydraulics, pneumatics and pumps; eight seniors taking CNC machining.
Sharp said, “When these seniors graduate in May 2014, they will be fully able to fill local industrial jobs with starting wages of at least $17 per hour.”
Main Street program director Lynette Pettigrew advised the GEDC board that new facades are being updated in the downtown Gainesville area. The GEDC normally budgets $25,000 per year towards this use as administered by the Gainesville Main Street program. Due to needed paint and additional repairs, the GEDC increased funding this year by $20,000 for a total investment of $45,000 to be administered by Main Street.
Regarding other amenity and possible opportunities the GEDC has entered into a development agreement with JafBey Properties to help develop the 4.5 acre property owned by the GEDC. This property is located at the northwest corner of I35 and California.
With the fiscal year ending in September, total sales tax collected for the year totaled $1,303,262 showing a 30 percent increase over the budgeted $1 million.
With October sales tax already determined, Sharp said that the new fiscal year began with tax revenue earned in the amount of $104,459.
GEDC president Tommy James said that many good things happened this past year and that the GEDC will continue to work towards further employment opportunities, future development and to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
James said, “The GEDC and the City of Gainesville had a fantastic year with the successful conclusion of the $26 million GAF expansion, continued partnerships with NCTC and GHS regarding workforce training and aiding in downtown revitalization by working with Gainesville Mainstreet. We are now in the process of developing the new 142 acre industrial park which will see its first tenant, Valew Manufacturing, in the summer of 2014.”
By CATHY MOUNCE
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