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Enter the Discover Davie County Photo Contest!

Discover Davie Photo Contest Artilce ImageWhether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the Discover Davie County photo contest sponsored by Davie Life Magazine and your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This is your chance to have one of your photographs possibly published on the cover of Davie Life Magazine or on the annual Davie Chamber Community Guide!

Everyone Encouraged to Participate
Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter.  The official contest rules are available at the www.daviechamber.com/photocontest.  Entry deadline is Monday, June 1 so there is still plenty of time to get out into the county to compose your winning entry!

It’s Easy to Enter

  • Take a Photo from one of the categories – a local business or attraction or the scenic beauty of Davie during any season.
  • For each Photo entry: Submit a high resolution JPEG image on a CD along with a completed application form. Please label your CD with your name & category (CD’s will not be returned).
  • Photos must be submitted by the original photographer. Your signed entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
  • All Photos will become property of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and DavieLiFE Magazine and may be used in additional publications without additional consent.

Dust off that photography equipment and get busy… entry deadline of June 1 will be here before you know it.  Good luck!

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Get Your Style on at the Annual “Signature Women’s Luncheon”!

Twin City Style LogoThe Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, April 16th, at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run starting at 11:30am.  Guests will enjoy a delicious meal created by Carolyn Jones of A Full Measure Catering.  The featured presentation is “Get Your Style On” by Erin Jelinek, owner of Twin City Style.

“The luncheon is always a great networking opportunity for women but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity.   Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth.  This year, we are doing things a little different.  We will be learning about personal style and how to dress to reflect that style.  Erin Jelinek will educate us on where we can make smart wardrobe investments that will last as well as know when to splurge and when not to.  This presentation is all about looking your very best and being true to yourself.  Our guests will see firsthand how to take everyday clothing and transition those pieces into evening wear.” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of many events the Davie County Chamber hosts each year.  The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of our sponsoring businesses.  Our sincere appreciation to all of our businesses that take a leadership role in supporting Chamber initiatives and extend our sincere thanks to this year’s Event Sponsors and Chamber Champions:  WinMock at Kinderton, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, BB&T, Funder, CenturyLink, Avgol, Swicegood Group, Inc., Yadtel Group, Bank of the Carolinas, Ingersoll Rand, Winston Salem Journal, Kelly Office Solutions, and Filet of Chicken.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2015 Signature Women’s Luncheon.  Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber Members and $27 for Guests.  For more information or to make a reservation contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or by email: chamber@daviecounty.com.

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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Thursday, April 2 in Mocksville

veterans coffeeThe monthly Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville this Thursday, April 2nd from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  This is a monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Veterans have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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Free Community Event – Home & Garden Expo!

Davie County Home & Garden ExpoThe sun is out, the days are getting longer and Spring is definitely in the air! Please join us for the Home and Garden Expo presented by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 26 from 4-7 PM at the Wal-Mart Garden Center parking lot in Mocksville.  Come on out and discover some fun ideas to get your home and garden ready for summertime fun!

Your Chance to Win a Stainless Steel Gas Grill!
Over twenty vendors will be showcasing and selling their products and services at the Expo which is free and open to the public. Wal-Mart will be providing complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks to those who are shopping with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network.  Wal-Mart is also hosting a drawing for a free stainless steel gas grill to be awarded during the Home & Garden Expo.

“The Home & Garden Expo is a great way to prepare your home for the spring and summer seasons while supporting our local businesses!   It’s an opportunity for consumers to support several local businesses and to have a positive impact on the economic vitality of our community.  When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes, and send our children to school, we are investing in the well-being of our community and also creating a more prosperous place to live.  When we spend our money online or in other communities, we’re investing in their success, not ours.  Simply put, it matters where we spend our money.” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“ThisHome and Garden Expo family Expo was designed to accomplish two key goals:  first, it allows us to promote many of our wonderful local businesses while showcasing one of our chamber members, Wal-Mart.  Secondly, it’s a great networking opportunity for our Chamber members and guests.  With vendor space filling up and our marketing in full swing, we’re looking forward to hosting a large crowd on March 26th”, said McManamy.

This event is just one of many events and opportunities organized by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce throughout the year.  For more information on the Davie County Chamber or for this event, please email chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336-751-3304.

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Shamrock BBQ – Get Your Irish On and Fly a Kite This Saturday!

Cooleemee Fire Fighters Museum

Cooleemee Fire Fighter Museum – Smallest Museum in North Carolina!

Almost everyone in Cooleemee loves Center BBQ but they have also started their own tradition in Davie’s south end.  On Saturday, March 21, Cooleemee will host a community Bar-B-Que starting at noon on the Zachary House grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee.

Continue the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day ~ wear something green and come to the Zachary House Grounds at 131 Church Street in Cooleemee.   Wind permitting, there will be a kite flying contest at 1 pm (bring your own or buy one there).

Grill Master Walter Ferrell will once again stay up the night before roasting and smoking Boston Butts. Last year, in a short hour and a half, all the meat was gone. More is being ordered for this year.

For $3.00 one can purchase a BBQ sandwich.  For $6 a BBQ plate is available with slaw, hush puppies and a drink.

Support all 3 Heritage Museums in Davie County
Proceeds from all that eating go to keep Cooleemee’s three heritage museums open. In a town of less than a thousand souls, this history-minded town operates the Textile Heritage Center Museum, the Mill House Museum and also has the claim for North Carolina’s smallest museum, the Fire Fighters Museum.

“These museums are memorials to our ancestors, witnesses to their story and testaments to their way of life,” says Tony Steele who is president of the Cooleemee Historical Association. “We have also made them into living legacy classrooms for our local school children,” he added.

Cooleemee’s museums are visited by over four thousand people each year, drawing a wide range of visitors from Maine to Florida to California. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am until 4 pm.  To schedule a group tour please call at least two weeks in advance.

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Bridge to New Jobs! – $450,000 Infrastructure Grant to Support Job Creation in Mocksville

Mocksville-Hollingsworth-Bridge-to-JobsThe North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road and bridge on Quality Drive in the Southpoint Business Park.  This bridge and road infrastructure will open up approximately 85 acres of land for future development.

There are immediate plans to develop three of the new parcels of land with buildings that could total over 400,000 square feet of industrial space available for new businesses, potentially providing hundreds of jobs over the next five years.  For the right project, one of the buildings could be expanded to 800,000 square feet.

How Infrastructure Investment Leads to New Job Creation 
While some communities have used public funds to compete with other developers, Davie County has taken the opposite approach of supporting private sector efforts by partnering with private developers rather than competing with them.  SouthPoint Business Park, located just north of Interstate 40 on US Highway 601 is an example of this approach.

Owned and developed by site-selection expert Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies, Southpoint Business Park consists of eight buildings, seven of which are occupied, with only one in inventory and available.  The seven existing businesses have resulted in millions of dollars of investment with hundreds of jobs created.

According to Davie County Economic Development Commission President Terry Bralley, “Ninety Percent of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into.  Our partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies means that we have an inventory of available buildings and permitted lots for people who don’t have time to waste.  Further, we are blessed with a developer like Joe Hollingsworth who is flexible enough to lease, sell, or provide equity capital for companies locating in our community. This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have and it continues to bring jobs and opportunity to Mocksville and Davie County.”

Chip Sisk, Industrial Real Estate Director for the Hollingsworth Companies, said “We continue to be bullish on Davie County.  This forward thinking infrastructure investment will pay dividends for years to come.  This is a low cost, labor-rich community with a pro-business mindset on an interstate highway.  And that’s a winning formula for business success.”

About the Rural Infrastructure Authority
The Rural Infrastructure Authority was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the NC Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state.   The grants-making programs of the Division include assistance for building reuse and restoration, water and sewer infrastructure, and economic innovation in rural communities.

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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Event Starts this Thursday, March 5 in Mocksville

veterans coffeeA Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville on the first Thursday of each month beginning this Thursday, March 5, from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  Veterans will have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

The Veterans’ Coffee events began at Outback Steakhouse in Winston-Salem.  Now, the events have grown to include Mocksville, Greensboro and King.

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARECENTER VETERANS’ COFFEE CALENDAR

  • Mocksville – 1st Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road
  • Greensboro – 2nd Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Outback Steakhouse, Four Seasons Towne Centre
  • Winston Salem –3rd Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Outback Steakhouse, 505 Highland Oaks Drive
  • King – 4th Thursdays, 8:30-­‐10:30am, Towne & Country Grille, 627 S. Main Street

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike – Popsicle 5K Run This Saturday in Mocksville!

Join us for the 4th Annual Popsicle 5k Run this Saturday, Febryary 21, 2015 at Mocksville Elementary School on Cemetery Street in Mocksville.  New and Improved with a certified course! All abilities are welcome! The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through downtown Mocksville.

GO Davie SURF Board! Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run

GO Davie SURF Board! Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run

The Davie Community Foundation’s Annual 5K “Popsicle” run was the inspiration for the cover of the July 2013 Reader’s Digest.  Reason Number 28:  “We Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike.  The Popsicle 5K in Davie County, North Carolina, an annual fundraiser for local youth projects, lives up to its chilly name.  The race is held in February, and festivities include an ice-pop eating contest called the Brain Freeze Challenge.”

Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!

Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.

Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.

ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!

Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.

Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!

All proceeds from the Popsicle Run will support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run will serve to empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

Direct any questions or comments to the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or tdaniel@daviefoundation.org.

Popsicle 5k Schedule
The 4th Annual POPSICLE 5K race will begin at 9:00 A.M. Race packets may be picked up on Saturday morning (race day) from 7:30 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.

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Congratulations – WinMock at Kinderton Earns Top Wedding Venue Award!

WinMock at Kinderton has been awarded the 2015 Couples’ Choice Award® by WeddingWire.  The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of local Wedding Professionals from throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

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“What we value most about this award is that it is based solely on client reviews and service consistency,” shared Wayne Thomas, owner of WinMock at Kinderton and parent firm Sterling Events Group. “From day one we have prided ourselves on sustaining the quality of our product and adhering to service excellence. To be recognized nationally and regionally for both in consecutive years is such an honor.”

Housed in a historic dairy barn, WinMock at Kinderton, with its rustic character and modern amenities, has become a preferred local venue for engaged couples since opening in 2011. Entering into its fourth year of operation, the property has hosted more than 250 wedding events and continues to give back to the surrounding community through non-profit sponsorships and staff volunteer hours.

Ken Rethmeier, Mayor of Bermuda Run,  notes that “Winmock at Kinderton has been a tremendous asset for the Town of Bermuda Run and all of Davie County.  They have been a model corporate citizen, hosting community movie nights, community celebrations, community open houses, 9/11 memorials, prayer breakfasts awards galas and more.  Wayne Thomas and the entire Sterling Events Group has transformed WinMock into a world class destination for both visitors and local residents.“

WinMock at Kinderton features two private dining rooms, two large outdoor terraces, a bridal dressing suite, a private groom’s room, and upstairs, a stunningly restored Loft ballroom which accommodates up to 300 guests. Additionally, the property features a separate charming Granary barn perfect for more intimate wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and parties.

Owned and operated by Sterling Events Group, WinMock at Kinderton is an award-winning special event venue and conference center offering clients over 20,000 square feet of premier space to meet, celebrate and be wed in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. Named for its location nine miles west of Winston-Salem and nine miles east of Mocksville, the former dairy barn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and survives from the prized county estate built by S. Clay Williams, a past president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, circa 1929. The property offers ten breakout meeting rooms, two private dining rooms, two large outdoor terraces, a separate private function space, and an exquisite ballroom. In 2015 the venue plans to debut a new onsite catering program to better meet client needs as well as give back to the community at large.

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Top 10 Stories of the Year: 2014 Economic Development Highlights

2014 was an outstanding year of growing opportunity for businesses and citizens.  Davie County and the Davie County Economic Development Commission continue to play a leadership role in job creation.

In late 2013, the Davie County Economic Development Commission set a goal to raise $1,000,000 over the next five years to implement a strategic plan to create jobs and grow the local economy.   The plan, “Together we are Davie!” has as its fundamental goals to realize more than $100,000,000 in new capital investment and to create 1,200 new primary jobs over five years.

The five-year economic growth initiative will utilize five key strategies to achieve the plan’s goals: New Business Recruitment, Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development, Product Development and an Opportunity Fund.

Our skilled workforce, excellent workforce development programs, low energy costs, business friendly leadership and our location on Interstate 40 just a few miles away from I-77 and I-85 makes Davie County, North Carolina an ideal location for manufacturing… and with the help of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, the world is discovering Davie County!

Resurgence of Manufacturing – Furniture and Textiles
With the grand opening of a 1,100,000 square foot addition at Ashley Furniture, Davie County is on the way to being home for the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the world!

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Construction is underway and signs of progress are clearly visible on the new Gildan facility East of Interstate 40 on Interstate Drive between Mocksville exits 168 and 170.  Gildan is investing $142 million and creating 290 new jobs locally.

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Resurgence of Aviation – Creating New JobsandOpportunities
Thanks to the Wright Brothers, North Carolina is the birthplace of aviation and the aviation cluster has become an important area for job growth across the state.  Honda Jet is growing its workforce at the world headquarters of Honda Aircraft in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Honda Flying Club has adopted Sugar Valley Airport, giving Davie County a direct link to the aviation job cluster.

Dunlop Aircraft Tires
In our own backyard, British manufacturer Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has selected Mocksville, North Carolina as the site for its first retreading facility in the United States.  The company, the world’s only specialist aircraft tire manufacturer and retreader, will use the Mocksville location to boost its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly on popular narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.

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“We plan to create at least 40 jobs within our first two years of operation and there is the prospect of more to follow as we expand our presence in the market,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson.

Carolina Precision Machining
Carolina Precision Machining, founded in Davie County in 1993, provides precision machine part manufacturing services for aerospace, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturers.  The company earned AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 in 2013 paving the way for additional job growth in the aviation sector.  AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 are prestigious certifications, requiring companies to demonstrate the capability to meet the demanding, complex and unique requirements of commercial and aerospace customers.  AS9100C Certification comprises many additional requirements over ISO 9001:2008 and is specific to the aerospace industry.  The Aerospace industry is an important job growth cluster for North Carolina.  This certification will help Carolina Precision Machining, Davie County and the Piedmont Triad win deals and create jobs.

House-of-Raeford-Expands-to-Davie-CountyHouse of Raeford Farms Brings Closed Plant Back to Life – Bringing Back 200 Jobs!
After being closed for more than 2 years, the former Crestwood Farms (Townsends) processing plant on Eaton Road in Mocksville is up and running again.  Like a knight on a white horse, House or Raeford Farms is bringing the plant back to life and bringing up to 200 jobs back to this Mocksville location.

Steve Mixon is the production manager for the Mocksville plant and this young professional is excited about being in Davie County, “My kids love the schools here, and this is the first place I’ve lived in several years that really feels like home. Davie County is a great fit for Raeford Farms.  Employees here have a strong work ethic and excellent attitudes and doing business with local contractors takes just a handshake to seal the deal.

“We’re in this for the long haul. After 70 years in the business, Raeford Farms doesn’t give up on long term projects.  We are starting out slow and building the right team for the long term.  We currently have about 35 full time employees and expect to build up to about 200 employees over the next 24 months.”

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Bolts and Nuts, Inc. Selects Mocksville for Expansion
In another example of Davie County business leaders playing ambassador for our community, Davie County is pleased to welcome Bolts and Nuts Corp. to Mocksville, North Carolina.

With locations in Chattanooga, TN, Macon, GA and Chicago, Ill, Bolts and Nuts began looking for a North Carolina location to continue their aggressive expansion east of the Mississippi to both support existing customers and attract new OEMs to their growing list of valued customers.

Founded in 1979 in Chattanooga, TN, Bolts and Nuts has earned a reputation for character and reliability in the commercial fastener industry by providing customized service and support, vendor managed inventory services, quality assurance, inventory management, on-time delivery and extensive product selection to original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), maintenance and repair operations (MRO’s), waterworks, construction, transportation and many other industry sectors.

Partnership for Workforce Development
The Davie County Economic Development Commission (EDC) has announced the Partnership for Workforce Development.  The Partnership for Workforce Development is a partnership between Davie County industry, the EDC, the Davie County School System, and Davidson County Community College.  This Partnership combines the building blocks for continued economic development in Davie County.

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Thousands of new jobs have been created in Davie County over the last 5 years in the areas of advanced manufacturing, health care, engineering, quality control, logistics, warehousing and distribution.  The Partnership for Workforce Development will help Davie County students acquire the skills for success in the 21st century job market while providing a source of talent for local employers.

DCCC-Workforce-DevelopmentWorkforce Development – DCCC  Offers Industrial Maintenance Certification
In a perfect example of how North Carolina Community Colleges respond to the needs of local industry and prepare students for local careers, the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College is offering a new short-term certification program in Industrial Maintenance.

Program participants have the opportunity to earn certificates in Basic Industrial Maintenance, Intermediate Industrial Maintenance and Advanced Industrial Maintenance over a period of two semesters.

“This robust program is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to install, maintain and repair a variety of types of industrial equipment,” says Teresa Kines, dean of DCCC’s Davie Campus. “New programs such as this one provide the people of Davie County, as well as those of neighboring communities, the ability to develop new skills that are in high demand in our region.”

“Workforce development is high on the list of priorities for every site selection project we see,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “DCCC is doing an outstanding job supporting the training of our workforce and is one of the key factors helping economic development maintain and create jobs in Davie County.”

Davie Medical Center Celebrates One Year
Wake Forest Baptist Health − Davie Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu/Davie) is a state-of-the-art medical campus that features a physician office building, outpatient surgical center and 24/7 emergency department, as well as a sleep center, rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Davie Medical Center offers the nationally ranked care provided by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in a convenient location at the intersection of Interstate 40 and state Highway 801 in Bermuda Run.

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Medical Plaza 1, a 60,000 square-foot medical office building has been completed and is fully staffed.  Medical Plaza 2, a 101,000 square-foot outpatient surgery center and emergency department will be completed in phase two.  Phase two is scheduled to be completed in 2017. It will transform Medical Plaza 2 into a full-service hospital with inpatient beds.

Davie Jobless Rate Most Improved in Region
At 4.5% (as of 11/2014), Davie County’s jobless rate was the most improved in the 14 county Northwest North Carolina region.

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As we continue to work together to make things happen, 2015 promises to be another exceptional year for Davie County.   For help  growing or locating your business  in Davie County, NC please contact Terry Bralley,  President, Davie County Economic Development Commission: (336) 751-2714 / terry.bralley@daviecounty.com  / www.daviecountyedc.com.

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Congratulations “Best of Davie” and Chamber Award Recipients!

Best of Davie AwardsThe 2014 “Best of Davie” awards were announced at the 45th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at Winmock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 22nd.   In addition to the Best of Davie Awards, the annual Davie Chamber Awards were presented to the following Davie Chamber members.

Member of the Year 2014
Tom Lentz – Davie Electrical Co.

Small Business of the Year 2014
Subway of Mocksville

Business of the Year 2014
Twin City Youth Soccer Association

E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award
Dr. Darrin Hartness

 

Best of Davie 2014Voting for the 2014 Best of Davie Awards was open to all members of the community and over 1200 online ballots were submitted.  2014 best of Davie Award Winners are:

Best New Business of 2014
O’Callahans Publick House Pub & Eatery

Best Civic Group / Non-Profit Organization
Just HOPE, Inc.

Best Place to Be Active with Family
Davie Family YMCA

Best Place to Eat in Davie County
Restaurant 101

Best of Davie 2014Best Place to Be with Friends in Davie County
O’Callahans Publick House Pub & Eatery

Best Golf Course in Davie County
Pudding Ridge Golf Club

Best Davie County Vineyard
RayLen Vineyards & Winery

Best Place to Shop in Davie County
Southern Ties Boutique

Best Hair Salon / Barber in Davie County
Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions

Best Photographer in Davie County
One Shot Photography

Best of Davie 2014Best Real Estate Agent in Davie County
Glenn Stanley – Total Real Estate

Favorite Davie Healthcare Provider in Davie County
Carolina Center for Eye Care

Best Davie Insurance Agent in Davie County
Darryl Bandy – State Farm Insurance

Best Place for Your Pet in Davie County
The Country Veterinary Hospital

Best of Davie 2014Best Davie County Mobile App / Website
DavieLiFE Magazine

Best Place to Get Fit in Davie County
Combat Athletics

Davie County “Super Woman”
Krystal Dumas

Davie County “Super Man”
Dr. Darrin Hartness

Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.

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JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – Dozens of Openings

Davie_County_NC_JobsDozens of full time and part time job openings in and around Davie County have been posted this week to the Davie County Jobs listing.

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New Job Openings Posted Daily
Here is a sampling of openings posted this week:  Distribution Center at Ashley Furniture, Material Handler at Ingersoll Rand, Equipment Operator at Vulcan Materials, F/T Deli/Bakery at Food Lion, Scheduler at Reeb Millwork, Elementary Math Tutor in Mocksville, Assembler at Amarr Garage Doors, and many more.

About Davie County Jobs
The job openings are an aggregation of publicly available data provided by various national resources. Job listing data is geo-targeted to Davie County but the radius includes surrounding areas.

While every effort has been made to include only the most reliable and nationally recognized job listing services, we do not control the data.  The Davie County jobs listed are only a small portion of the jobs listed on each of the major online job sites.

Additional Resources:
Continuously updated list of Davie County Jobs
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Davie County Economic Development Commission

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2nd Annual Best of Davie Awards – Vote Online today!

Best of Davie AwardsPlease vote online today for “THE BEST” in over 20 categories in the 2nd Annual Best of Davie Awards!

We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here it seems the word is starting to spread.  Now the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its 2nd Annual “Best of Davie Awards.”

This new component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDAVIE initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s business and non-profit sectors.   Cast your votes today at www.daviechamber.com.

Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business.  “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDAVIE and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy.

iShopDavie-holding-signVote Now – Voting Ends January 16
Besides showcasing everything from voters’ favorite BBQ to beloved family destinations, McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will take to social media and invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation.  What better way to show appreciation for a business, organization or person in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?”

Voting is underway now but ends on January 16th at noon so vote now for Best of Davie!  Winners will be announced and honored at the Davie Chamber Awards Gala & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan 22nd., you may nominate and vote for “candidates” in twenty different categories that fall into roughly five classifications.   Foodies can point their friends to the best place to eat, services that are featured in the balloting include Doctor/Healthcare Provider, Real Estate/Realtor, Hair Salon/Barber, Photographer, and Fitness Venue. Shopping and Lifestyle categories are comprised of Family Destination, Golf Venue, Shopping/Retail Venue, Vineyard, and the Best Place to be Active. And to make the playing field level for newcomers, the Chamber has also created a “Rookie of the Year” award to spotlight the Best New Business.

Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting is already underway at www.ishopdavie.com. Interested in finding out who wins?  Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on January 22nd. Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.

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Arctic Air Arrives – School Delays and Duke Energy asks Customers to Reduce Electricity Use During Next 24 Hours

arctic-blast-tempsFrom Davie County Schools web site: Due to the below freezing wind chill advisory in effect for tomorrow morning, Davie County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for students on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Staff will report on regular schedule. 

Now, Duke Energy officials are asking customers to reduce electricity use during the next 24 hours to help avoid potential high-energy demand on the electrical grid caused by frigid temperatures.

“The forecasted conditions are very similar to those we experienced last January during the Polar Vortex, and are affecting a large portion of the country,” said Nelson Peeler, Duke Energy vice president of transmission system operations. “We currently have sufficient generation resources to meet our customers’ energy needs, but we know from experience that conditions can change quickly, and we need to be prepared.”

Turn off unnecessary lights and reduce your thermostat

Where possible, postpone household chores that involve the use of electricity

Unplug unused cell phone / tablet chargers

The most critical time to reduce electricity usage is Thursday between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

To help lessen energy demand on the power grid during the next 24 hours and reduce the potential for isolated power outages, Duke Energy offers the following tips:

  • Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting.
  • Postpone household chores that require electrical appliances.
  • Unplug cellphone / tablet chargers. These devices draw energy even when not in use.
  • Operate ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room.
  • Leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.

Find these and other tips at www.duke-energy.com. Just click on the “save energy and money” link.

Detailed Grid Management Plan

Duke Energy has a detailed plan to manage the power grid in extreme conditions.

This includes:

Running all available generation units;

activating a number of voluntary customer programs that reduce energy demand;

purchasing power from other utilities; and

requesting customers to voluntarily reduce their energy usage.

“If necessary and conditions change, we would need to initiate forced power reductions that would result in rotating or sustained power outages across the grid,” Peeler said.

He added that forced power reductions would be the last and most extreme action the company would take to protect the power grid. It’s a step required when the demand for energy across the grid exceeds the amount of energy that’s available.

“In the unlikely event power reductions are needed Thursday morning, customers could experience rotating or sustained power outages as our operators work to lessen the demand on our system,” Peeler added.

If power reductions occur, Duke Energy will inform customers via the media and updates on the company’s website and social media channels.

Power Outages

The low temperatures will put higher stress on mechanical equipment used to generate and deliver electricity. Isolated equipment problems are possible, which could result in unplanned scattered outages.

Customers who experience power outages should call Duke Energy’s automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:

Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)

Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356

Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/storms. Updates will also be provided on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DukeEnergy and www.facebook.com/DukeEnergy.

If you lose power, please turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will help with restoration efforts as it will reduce the immediate demand on the power lines when power is restored.

Once your power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at www.duke-energy.com.

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How to Get Started in Beekeeping – Class Starts This Saturday, January 10, 2015

Davie County Beekeepers

There is nothing quite as sweet as honey from your own back yard.

The Davie County Beekeepers Association will hold its annual Beginner Beekeeping Short Course starting this Saturday, January 1oth.

Did you know North Carolina has more backyard beekeepers than any other state?  Have you ever considered keeping bees?  Would you like to know more about this fascinating hobby or occupation?  Join the Davie County Beekeepers Association for the 2 day class, “How to Get Started in Beekeeping.”

Classes Begin Saturday, January 10th, 2015.
When: Saturday ,January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and Feb 7th, 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m, and tentative field day April 4th weather permitting

Where: Davie County Extension Office 180 S Main St, Mocksville, NC 27028 MAP IT

Course Fee: $45.00 per person Includes a one year membership in Davie County Beekeepers Association

CONTACT: 336-909-2641 for more information.

Additional Information: This class is being taught by N C State Apiary Inspector and E.A.S. Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss. The class offers a basic education in bees and beekeeping with the intention of providing the information and guidance necessary to obtain bees and get started in beekeeping.

Register now, Pre-registration is required as there is limited seating

Davie Beekeepers – 40 Years of Service 
The Davie County Beekeepers Association has been helping members enjoy the hobby of beekeeping since 1972 and is part of the North Carolina State Beekeeping Association. The state association has been around for almost a century, and is the largest state beekeeping association in the country. 

Friendly neighbors and helping hands
In addition to the information you glean from this course, you will have the opportunity to meet other beginning beekeepers as well as some “old-timers”.  You’ll make contacts with local beekeepers who can provide answers to future questions as well as continuing support.  You can find a mentor to help you with your new adventure, and club members can even help you “install” your first package of bees or capture a swarm.

Catch the Buzz! Reserve your seat today
Learn why beekeeping has caught the attention of so many people across America in the last few years, and why the health of the honey bee is an integral part of the well being of our planet.  Catch the buzz and reserve your seat.  Preregister online with the Davie County Beekeepers Association.

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