North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce will be in Laurinburg on Friday to talk about an upcoming economic development project.
Scotland officials have not said what the project is but have characterized it as “a good thing” for the area. The announcement is not a plant or job announcement, officials said.
“I will just say that a new project is going to be announced that will support the work of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation,” said Tonia F. Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is absolutely good news.”
Stephenson said local officials are also excited to have Secretary of Commerce Sharon Allred Decker visit the county. Decker was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory in January 2013. She brings more than 30 years of experience in business and commerce to the position.
Decker will visit Scotland County Small Business Innovation Center Friday afternoon. The program is expected to last for about 90 minutes
State, county, and city elected officials are expected to be in attendance, along with representatives from local organizations including the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Corporation, Scotland County Tourism Development Authority and others.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the importance of private-public partnerships to ensure the future success of Scotland County,” Stephenson said.