Henderson, N.C. – Vance-Granville Community College will establish a new corporate campus in the new Triangle North Vance business park, according to an agreement sign today between the college's board of trustees and the Kerr-Tar Regional Economic Development Corp., owner and developer of Triangle North.
The economic development corporation board voted at its March 20 meeting to begin planning with the college for a potential new corporate education and training facility located at Triangle North's 300-acre park in Vance County. It is located along Interstate 85, across from the college's main campus.
When constructed, the Corporate Education Center could provide space for some of the college's technical programs. The new center is included in college's new Facilities Master Plan, which projects how the college might grow over the next 10 years. College President Randy Parker said that any growth or expansion will be contingent on support from local counties, who provide funding for facilities.
"We are excited about the possibilities that this new facility offers the college and our area," Parker said. "The new Corporate Education Center would house the college's business and industry services programs, and would allow us to increase our program offerings for local businesses." He added that it would also house a biotech incubator for startups in the biotechnology industry. In addition, the facility would serve as a state-of-the-art recruiting center for drawing potential clients to any of the four Triangle North sites in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties.
"The synergy that will be created by this partnership with the College and Triangle North bodes well for our region's economic future," said corporation chairman Danny Wright. "Jobs are the lifeblood of any community and having job-training capabilities on the grounds of the Triangle North Vance site is such a valuable tool for recruitment. Collaborating with the prestigious and widely heralded community college system of North Carolina will be a tremendous boost to our efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens."
While companies are in the process of relocating to the four-county area, they could use the center's flexible industrial training space to train employees on industry-specific equipment. Offices for economic developers and for new companies transitioning to our area would also be available. "In essence, this new Corporate Education Center would be a key focal point for our four counties' economic development efforts," said Parker.
"This new endeavor builds on Vance-Granville's tradition of being a key player in economic development, by working in partnership with businesses and local governments," said College Board of Trustees Chair Donald C. Seifert Sr. of Henderson.
Triangle North, formerly known as the Kerr-Tar Hub, is an award-winning and innovative rural economic development initiative created through a unique multi-county collaboration and cost-sharing arrangement to spark economic growth and opportunity in the Kerr-Tar region, which includes the four counties hosting park sites.
Triangle North offers shovel-ready sites at affordable prices for companies that want to locate or expand there. The project is a continually innovating partnership between business and education, facilitated by local governments working together. The college's workforce training and education programs for businesses that locate in the area are central to the Triangle North model
For more information on Triangle North, visit www.trianglenorthnc.org.