Carroll Making Economic Gains, Officials Say

April 25, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The investment in economic development is paying off with more industry coming to Carroll County and more local businesses expanding, county officials said.

New business permits have increased substantially this year, officials say. From January through March, the county issued 90 new business permits for an estimated value of $21 million.

Jack Lyburn, director of the county Office of Economic Development, released those and other figures at the annual Industry and Enterprise Awards Dinner on Tuesday.

Since April 1996, capital investment in the county has reached $51.6 million with an additional 1.4 million square feet of space occupied and the creation of nearly 2,000 jobs, Lyburn said.

"This is really something to crow about," said County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown, addressing the crowd of about 150 business leaders.

"The one thing the commissioners consistently agree on is that economic development is the engine that drives us."

James Brady, secretary of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, told the audience that the county should be proud of its success and expectant of what the future will bring.

Brady urged the audience, which included nearly all the members of the county's legislative delegation, to be resolute and relentless in "advancing the issues important to you with your legislators."

"Make sure your legislators understand what issues affect your business," Brady said. "Support those legislators who truly understand what business is about."

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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