May 29, 2024 7:43 am
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Selma Set for Economic Boost with New Window Manufacturing Facility

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Crystal Window & Door Systems, a prominent New York-based window manufacturer, is poised to significantly bolster Johnston County’s economy by establishing a new manufacturing center in Selma. The company announced an $83.6 million investment expected to generate 501 jobs, with the potential to grow the state’s economy by $1.09 billion. This development, facilitated by a $4.1 million Job Development Investment Grant, promises to pay an average salary of $56,000, above the county’s average.

Governor Roy Cooper hailed the move, emphasizing North Carolina’s leading position in business due to its skilled workforce and favorable business climate. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders highlighted the state’s strategic economic initiatives that prioritize workers’ welfare, including affordable childcare and renowned training programs. Crystal’s expansion marks a significant stride in the local manufacturing sector, aligning with state efforts to enhance economic growth and job creation across North Carolina.

Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

The Biden administration’s significant infrastructure investments are transforming North Carolina, highlighted by projects such as the $110 million replacement of the Alligator River Bridge and the $1 billion high-speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond. However, with only 17% of the allocated $1.1 trillion spent to date, the administration faces challenges in demonstrating these impacts to voters before the upcoming November election.

Raleigh City Council approves $5 million for new pilot program to address homelessness

The Raleigh City Council has approved a $5 million pilot program to provide direct rent assistance to unsheltered individuals. The “Unsheltered Homelessness Response Program” allocates $1.9 million for direct subsidies to help individuals move into permanent housing and $2 million to expand housing options, including repairs to city-owned rental units and affordable housing.

Development pressures, higher taxes threaten to displace Black homeowners in SE Raleigh

On a sunny spring afternoon, a predominantly Black crowd gathered at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh to learn about appealing their property taxes, which have soared due to rising property values. With property values in Wake County increasing by 56% from 2020 to 2024, many long-time residents on fixed incomes are struggling to keep up with the higher taxes, leading to widespread concerns about systemic inequities and displacement in historically Black neighborhoods.