Although last year didn’t see a lot of new starts, Davie County is doing well and expanding in business, education, and quality of life, according to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission.
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center opened its three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition providing 50 medical-surgical beds, a joint replacement program, and an ACE unit to provide acute care for the elderly.
The Mebane Charitable Foundation approved a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Approximately 500 Davie County middle school students and staff were exposed to the many outstanding career opportunities that exist in the county on Manufacturing Day.
The BB&T Sports Park began a four-phase expansion that includes four artificial turf fields (which were recently completed), an additional grass field, additional parking, enhancements to the stadium, and a multi-use trail system throughout the park. Visit Winston-Salem has estimated the annual economic impact from the soccer complex to western Forsyth County and Davie County to be $16 million.
Plans for a 120,000 square foot indoor athletic space adjacent to the BB&T Sports Park in Bermuda Run were unveiled in January 2018. Carolina Athletic Performance, which could be the largest private such center in the eastern United States, will include eight full-size, indoor basketball courts, which can be converted into 16 volleyball courts. There will be space for physical therapy, batting cages, 60 yards of open turf, a 30-foot ceiling clearance, 30 yards of field capability, nine meeting rooms, a 4,000 square foot multi-purpose room, and 10,000 square feet for a rehabilitation facility.
Bralley believes Davie County should be proud of what it has accomplished and should continue its efforts saying, “Take a bow, Davie County, and encourage continuous improvement to become a habit.”
This article was originally published by the Davie County Enterprise and is reprinted here with permission.