Central Carolina Community College, Lee County and Sanford are on the road to success with planning and development of the E. Eugene Moore Manufacturing and Biotech Solutions Center.
That’s what Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson told a crowd that included CCCC administrators and board of trustees members, county commissioners and business representatives as he came to tour the Moore Center and learned of how it will serve the regional community.
“This is the kind of thing we love to see,” Robinson said. “We like to see these types of things happening.”
The event included a display of conceptual drawings for the future center which is expected to serve as a leader in training potential employees for a multitude of jobs in areas of manufacturing and biosciences and pharmaceutical companies such as Astellas Gene Therapies and Pfizer.
“This building represents a whole lot of what’s great in our community,” CCCC President Lisa Chapman said at Tuesday’s event.
Margaret Roberton, vice president of CCCC’s Workforce Development and similar programs, and gave Robinson and others an update on plans for the center.
The center will serve as a hub as Chatham and Harnett counties continue their business growth. CCCC has campuses in both counties.
Working with regional colleges and universities is part of the plan, according to Roberton.
“We want to work with four-year institutions,” she said, specifically referring to N.C. State University and A&T University in Greensboro.
Another potential use may be to serve as a center for veterans’ support program, Chapman said.
“One of the things we think a lot about is how do we connect with transitioning veterans,” Chapman said.
“I know as a young man, I drove through many towns and saw empty factories and wondered why isn’t someone doing something,” he said.
In so many cases, Robinson said, state and local governments don’t have the energy to help rebuild communities.
“But thank God down here we do. We’re got folks that have great vision and then we’ve got folks in government that are willing to partner with that vision,” he said.
That’s a recipe for success, Robinson said.
“Success is made when somebody has a vision, somebody applies principals and then somebody steps in and the government is willing to step in and make that investment in those communities.
“That’s what we need to be doing. That’s the key to success in those communities and I couldn’t be happier to see what’s going on here.
“And we’ll give you all the help we can,” he said.
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