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Commissioners Approve Two Economic Incentive Packages

Mar 01, 2021

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two economic development incentives during their regular meeting held this morning in the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation President Robert Van Geons presented the two incentive proposals during two public hearings at the meeting.

The first proposal, Project Wolfpack, is an incentive grant for Cargill that would see the company maintain a minimum of 70 jobs at its River Road facility, invest more than $5 million in real estate improvements and add approximately $20 million in new personal property. The 70 jobs pay an annual salary of at least $70,000 – substantially above the average wages in Cumberland County.

In exchange, the County will provide a six-year incentive grant offset by the tax revenue generated by the increased assessed value of real and personal property. In the first year of the agreement, the grant amount will be $90,000 and in years two through six, the grant amount will be $101,000. In no year shall the grant exceed 50% of the net increased tax revenue received by the county.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Cargill processes soybeans at its River Road plant, which is among facilities the company is evaluating for expansion.

The second proposal, Project Nuar, is for an unnamed company headquartered in the U.S. that is considering an existing building in east Fayetteville for a new production facility. The building is located at 595 S. King St., between Eastern Boulevard and the Cape Fear River.

The proposal calls for the company to create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of $45,000 and invest more than $4 million in real estate improvements and equipment. Cumberland County would provide a grant of $1,500 per job for the first 15 jobs created and a grant of $625 per job for the next 60 jobs created. The local incentive grant would not exceed $60,000.

The City of Fayetteville will hold a public hearing to consider a similar request. The company anticipates a final decision within the next 45 – 60 days.

The Economic Development proposals are available in the March 1 meeting agenda on the county’s website at co.cumberland.nc.us. To see meeting agendas, click on “Commissioners” at the top of the homepage.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

In other business, commissioners heard a report highlighting success of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. The JCPC partners with the N.C. Department of Public Safety to help prevent and reduce juvenile crime and delinquency in the community.

Nichelle Gaines, coordinator for the JCPC, presented the report to commissioners and answered questions about the program. In fiscal year 2019-20, a total of 543 young people were served.

An example provided by Gaines is Cumberland County Teen Court, which served 178 clients in 2019-20. Teen Court exceeded goals set for all four measurable outcomes. These outcomes were for clients to have no new complaints with an offense date after the admission date, no new adjudications, improvement in developing and/or maintaining social and interpersonal interactions while in the program and successful completion of the program.

Cumberland County has a total fiduciary responsibility for local and state dollars for JCPC. The county received a total of $1,119,291 in funding from NCDPS in fiscal 2020-21 for 11 JCPC programs. The county is accepting JCPC requests for proposals for fiscal 2021-22 through March 19, 2021. 

“I think if you look at the outcome, the monitoring, these programs did an excellent job,” Vice Chairman Glenn Adams said. “I think this program works.”

To learn more about the JCPC, or to submit a request for proposal for programs for 2021-22, go to

www.co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/court-group/court-system/juvenile-crime-prevention-council.

FTCC Recognized for FCETV

Commissioners recognized Fayetteville Technical Community College for operating the Fayetteville Cumberland Educational Channel for 15 years. FCETV provided quality educational and community programming, including Cumberland County Government content, up until the channel transitioned to CCNC-TV, a county government channel, on Feb. 12. FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen accepted a certificate of appreciation from the Board of Commissioners.

Watch the Meeting

Watch the meeting on the county’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/CumberlandCountyNC. Cumberland County Board of Commissioners meetings air live and are replayed on CCNC-TV (Spectrum Cable Channel 5).