EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Privatization a trend on state, local levels

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

There’s a lot of talk in Sanford about public-private partnerships. The Lee County Education Foundation uses that format to get local business-people more interested in education; the Lee County Economic Development Corporation uses that format to get business-people more interested in coming to Lee County in the first place.

The EDC has been at the center of controversy for some months now, and is considering changing its funding format and strategies as it looks to potentially combine with the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and other interests, both private and public. Currently, it's funded entirely by the Lee County, Sanford and Broadway governments. The potential changes have been pushed by the Republican majority on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, who say they want less government funding dedicated to development.

And now, their fellow Republicans in the state’s executive branch are following a similar path.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that he plans to dismantle the N.C. Department of Commerce and replace it with a public-private partnership called the Partnership for Prosperity. The partnership will be expected to conduct the state’s business recruitment and economic development, working with regional and county-level groups to realize the goal of a more economically vibrant state.

According to an article Monday in the Triangle Business Journal, "Both McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker laid out few details of how the plan will be implemented, but said more details will be coming over the next 60 days."

In other news…

Moore tractors, please: Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Vass. The store will be located at 5601 U.S. Highway 1, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. A completion date has been tentatively set for mid-August, and when built it will be the company’s 61st North Carolina location.

Setting the record straight: On April 9, Central Carolina Hospital moved from a reliance on paper records to primarily electronic ones. Hospital leadership hopes it will lead to increased patient safety, reduced costs and increased access to patients’s medical records by their physicians. Information will no longer be handwritten, but keyed in electronically, making patient information available in a timely manner, legible and kept up to date constantly throughout a patient’s stay. Electronic medical records also allow a patient’s physician to securely access his or her charts from remote locations, such as the physician’s office.

Steroids for your car: There’s a new automotive shop in Sanford, Full On Auto, which specializes in performance-enhancing work. It opened up on the corner of 5th Street and Goldsboro Street a few weeks ago, and the owners Jeremy McClain, Dale Coberly and Nancy Coberly are generally there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They also do paint jobs, McClain said, and Mike Jones (who also owns Sanford’s SSDParts, an engine work business) will open up a spray-on chrome business next to Full On Auto as well. The number for Full On Auto is (919) 775-1795.

Traveling doc: The Family Doc, the Sanford medical practice of Dr. Robert “Bob” Patterson, has moved to 1503 Elm Street. People with questions about the move, which happened last month, can access a recorded teleconference about it by calling 1-760-569-7999. The practice's phone number is (919) 776-3750.

Business fluctuations: In the past week, seven new corporations formed in Lee County. Two were dissolved or withdrawn.

Have business news? Email Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or call him at (919) 718-1217.