DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Work on the Interstate 85 corporate center is one step closer to starting now that the $7 million needed to build the 1,000-acre site has been approved.
The park will be home to manufacturing companies and businesses, which often overlook Davidson County for its lack of infrastructure.
But officials hope the new park will change that.
The $7 million state grant will pay for water, sewer and gas line extensions to the site.
It’s a site expected to create at least 1,200 new jobs in the county.
"It's something that people really need," said Pam Walton, director of Davidson Works.
As of July, Davidson County had a 7.1 percent unemployment rate, higher than the state's average of 6.9 percent.
"You see more people that are coming in that are still in need," Walton said. Especially after 80 people were laid off in March at Thomasville Furniture Industries -- one of the largest employers in the county.
Many people have been forced to look elsewhere to find jobs.
About 50 percent of Davidson County's workforce goes to Guilford or Forsyth counties to work.
"It would be so good to say there are good jobs here in Davidson County," Walton said.