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Business & Industry
                          in union county

I t’s great doing business in Union County. The area
     has become a magnet for companies who find
     the land, labor and support they need right here
at home. Whether the focus is manufacturing, retail,
services, small business or agriculture, business is
booming here. Union County has been one of the fastest
growing counties in the U.S. during the past decade.

Blessed with open land, easy access to       Union County’s labor force of over           concentration in health care. To ensure
interstates, a CSX mainline, the Charlotte-  118,000 is productive, competitive and       industry needs are met, South Piedmont
Monroe Executive Airport and nearby          highly skilled, especially in precision      Community College partners with these
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport,     manufacturing. According to U.S. Census      existing and incoming companies to match
Union County’s economy is robust and         Bureau figures, Union County’s 2010          education and training programs with
growing. The Monroe-Union County             Median household income was $63,190;         future employment demands. In the last
Economic Development office continues to     and per capita income was $27,469            several years, SPCC has also implemented
work to support existing industries and to   (inflation adjusted dollars). For the past   Apprenticeship 20/20 to provide direct,
attract new firms that bring investment and  18 years, Union County has continually       hands-on training in partnership with local
jobs.                                        ranked among the lowest unemployment         manufacturers.
To continue the consecutive years of         rates in the Charlotte region.               Wingate University, with its main campus
strong investment and job creation, both     A skilled workforce is one of Union          as well as two satellite campuses in
Union County and the City of Monroe          County’s strongest assets. South Piedmont    the Ballantyne area of Charlotte and
offer competitive incentive programs.        Community College offers a well-rounded      Hendersonville, offers a traditional array
Union County is also implementing an         curriculum, including associate degrees,     of curriculum tracts as well as doctorate
infrastructure grant to help encourage       certificate programs, and on-site training.  programs in pharmacy, education, and
existing and new companies to select         Curriculum is tailored to the market         physical therapy, fulfilling higher education
the county for projects creating capital     demands. Advanced technical programs         need throughout North and South Carolina.
investment and jobs. This grant will help    include state-of-the-art metallurgical       For the 2016 commencement, Wingate
finance small infrastructure projects, such  science technology, mechanical engineering   University conferred degrees to 265
as turn lanes or sewer lines that may be     technology, welding technology, electrical   undergraduates and 119 graduate and
necessary.                                   systems technology and a heavy               professional students.

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