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$1M grant to create 100 jobs in Harnett County

Posted July 7, 2009

— U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Tuesday announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration grant for water, sewer, road and drainage improvements at Harnett County’s science and technology park.

The project is expected to create 100 jobs and generate $56 million in private investment, according to estimates by the Harnett Forward Together Committee, Harnett County and the East Central Water and Sewer District of Lillington.

“This grant will strengthen the region’s biotechnology, health care and research sectors by providing the critical infrastructure needed to establish the Harnett Health Systems hospital and other science- and technology-based businesses in the area,” Locke said in a statement.


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  • carroll74 Jul 9, 2009

    This would be a good thing if it happens.

  • Fuquay Resident Jul 7, 2009

    Of course, we'll have $1 million in improvements and still won't have a hospital. WakeMed has the certificate of need to build the hospital but is just sitting on it using the economy as an excuse but they continue to expand in Wake county.

  • Fuquay Resident Jul 7, 2009

    The million $'s is to help build the science and technology park, after the park is built there is the potential to create 100 jobs at the park.

  • Titus Pullo Jul 7, 2009

    When the $$ spent, then what? No jobs again.

  • larieke Jul 7, 2009

    Well la-d-da! Harnett county just gouged property owners an extra 24% in increased property taxes. I hope the $1 mil helps someone's coffers.

  • bettyboopr2 Jul 7, 2009

    Amem Moth

  • moth Jul 7, 2009

    Most of the jobs will wind up going to contractors using illegals. If you think I'm just being cynical then drive by the job site and see for yourself.

  • colliedave Jul 7, 2009

    what kind of private industry will this project create? Will this project be on the order of the global transpark fiasco?

  • A confused citizen Jul 7, 2009

    Anyone know where the Harnett County "science and technology park" is? I have heard a bit about the Bright water Science and Technology Park. Is this the same? (Sorry about not combining Bright water but WRAL's filters doesn't like the two words combined. "it could be potentially be considered inappropriate to some of our visitors."

  • bmr503wd Jul 7, 2009

    Like everything else that's happenned recently, there will be a lot of pomp and joy about this, then something will happen that will cause the funding to fall through. Harnett county has not had a lot of good luck with this type of thing lately....