MSA Employees Attend Future of Catawba County Summit

MSA Employees Attend Future of Catawba County Summit

A group of Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. employees attended the Future of Catawba County Summit hosted by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce on March 21, 2019.  The half-day summit began with a delicious breakfast followed by many networking opportunities and multiple informative presentations. 

Jeff Terrell, Chief Wealth Market Strategist at BB&T, started the morning by providing an excellent session on the national economic situation and covered where we have been in the past, where we are currently, and the future outlook.

Following was Scott Millar, President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, who provided a terrific look at what is happening in our area.  He began with an overview of 2018 and the tremendous commitments that were made to Catawba County by businesses that were already here, as well as those that are new to the area.   The presentation also touched on what is happening to continue to attract corporate investments in our area. 

Mark Story, CEO of K-64, presented an informative session on the K-64 program and that what we are doing in our school systems is being recognized throughout the state.  This effort will also only continue to attract investments in Catawba County.

We then heard from Chris Gettys, Board President of the Catawba Valley Realtors Association, who shared a “State of Housing” speech that described both the national and local market and why it is a “seller’s market” at the moment and what to expect in the near future.

Nathan Huret, Director of Existing Industries of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, touched on the HKY4Vets program that is actively recruiting newly retired military personnel to our area.  This program looks to benefit the recently retired military personnel as well as our community.

City Manager for the City of Hickory, Warren Wood, discussed the current Hickory Trail project, which is a 10 mile trail that consists of a River Walk and City Walk.  This trail will add to the quality of life in Catawba County stretching from Lake Hickory to Lenoir Rhyne University.

Lastly, Michael McNally, Co-Chair of the Chamber Legislative Agenda Taskforce, offered a detailed look at the 2019 Legislative Agenda that aims to enhance Catawba County by focusing on workforce development and talent supply, competitive business climate, as well as supporting tax policies that will encourage industrial and economic development. 

It was evident throughout the various presentations that our community has made a commitment to continue to provide a wonderful quality of life for our residents and is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to make our area the best that it can be.  Be sure to purchase a pair of sunglasses because the future is bright!

Please click this link to visit the Catawba County's Chamber of Commerce http://www.catawbachamber.org/.

Submitted by Justin Allen

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