Board takes on business issues

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Commissioners took on several business issues Thursday with an eye toward future jobs and economic development.
Prison Farm:  It could cost as much as $16 million to develop the County Prison Farm for a business park, according to a new study. The 800 acres near Gibsonville has potential for business, according to economic developers.  Needed water and sewer service for the property could come from either Greensboro, Burlington or Gibsonville.
Incentives: The Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 to provide an incentive package of $272,000 over three years for the Qualicaps drug capsule production company at Whitsett. The company plans a $26 million expansion that will create 123 jobs. The board also approved on a 6-3 vote a $30,750 incentive over three years for the North State Flexibles packaging company in Greensboro for a $4 million expansion that would add 41 jobs to the company that makes printed flexible bags and pouches for a range of products.
Track Event: Commissioners voted 7-2 to contribute $40,000 to the annual USATF Junior Olympics track and field event for high school students held at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Local governments support the event through the Greensboro Sports Commission.  
Segways: Sheriff BJ Barnes failed on a 4-5 vote to win an endorsement for spending $50,000 from federal forfeiture funds for seven Segway battery-powered, two-wheel personal transportation machines for school resource officers in seven high schools, including Ragsdale High in Jamestown.

County Prison Farm

Location: 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville.
Area: 806 acres
Built: 1935. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has operated the farm since 1998.