Catawba County Economic Development Corporation

We hope everyone is having a wonderful April and is surviving the pollen onslaught.
We wanted to provide a short update on some important initiatives underway, as well as events that might be coming up over the next month.
Have a good rest of the week and please feel free to reach out to me directly if you are in need of any assistance.


Nathan Huret
Tapping into Talent:  Early Bird Registration Closes Wed., 4/18 

Tuesday, May 22
Hickory Metro Conv. Center
Early bird (by 4/18) - $69
Full Registration (4/19) - $89 

Attracting, retaining and developing talent is the top issue for Catawba County industries.  Hosted by the Catawba County EDC, Catawba County Chamber and Catawba Valley Community College, business leaders and human resources staff are invited to learn about talent recruitment and retention strategies that are "outside of the box".

The day will feature a morning keynote speaker, luncheon speaker and then a series of 6 total workshops - featuring success stories told by the companies/partners themselves.  Workshops will include:
  • Tapping the Next Generation
  • Tapping into your Current Employees
  • Tapping into Transitioning Veterans
  • Best Practices: 50 Ideas in 50 Minutes
  • Diversifying your Talent Pipeline
  • Forgotten Pipelines of Talent

For more information about the keynote speakers, please click here

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EDPNC Workshop:
State and Federal Resources To Help Your Business

Thursday, April 26
Foothills Higher Education Center (Morganton)

Hosted by the Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC), this event is geared towards employers that want to learn about the wide array of state and federal support services that specifically assist to help existing companies:
  • enhance your workforce's skills
  • improve your processes/efficiencies (Lean)
  • reduce your waste stream
  • export to new global markets

Presenters and staff from more 10 different agencies will attend to briefly describe their relevant programs, but then to answer any questions you might have.


Please email Bill Slagle ( to RSVP.