• Liz Logan

There’s a lot going on in Gaston County and we’re giving you the green light to experience it.

Gastonia's FUSE District Groundbreaking Ceremony will be on Oct. 3

If you drive around many of our downtowns this month, you’ll see a little added flare that’s not normally there: green lights. A lot is happening in Gaston County and we want you to come see it for yourself, so our towns and cities have literally uplit themselves in green to give you a symbolic "green light" to come out and see it for yourself.

With the extension of the CATS Silver Line Light Rail—taking you directly from Gaston to Uptown and the airport—on track to provide greater access to Charlotte and our proximity to the expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and CaroMont Health’s $325-million-dollar investment in our growing cities and townships, we’re taking the first week of GO Month to celebrate all we’ve got growing.

The past few years have seen strong development momentum pick up, not just in our commercial sector, but also in Gaston County overall from both our residents and outsiders. In 2014, Charlotte and Gaston County developers and residents were surveyed and, as it turned out, many of their perceptions were neutral at best. This reality byte allowed us, through publicly and privately funded endeavors, to launch the Gaston Outside campaign to show people the true Gaston County we’ve grown to love.

Through a follow-up survey conducted in 2018, we saw that our hard work is paying off and that most of these perceptions had flipped to become primarily positive. We have in large part our local businesses to thank for that, not to mention the patrons that support our growing business and economic sphere on a daily basis.

So to celebrate, we’re inviting you to be a part of this positive momentum and forward movement. With that dated perception being left in the dust, our lights are on and bidding you join us in our excitement for what has transpired and what is to come.

From September 30 through October 5, we will be celebrating the first week of our highly anticipated GO Month, where we actively encourage those in any proximity to Gaston County to get out and learn about our quintessential downtowns, our businesses, and our infrastructure improvements.

Before launching into the events we've planned for the week, here are three additional developments that serve as important examples of Gaston County's commitment to providing more opportunities for present and future residents and businesses:

-TechWorks is a Gaston County-based tech and innovation hub that will house and attract tech startups, ready to thrive in the many opportunities that Gaston County has to offer. They'll also educate students to create the region's next tech talent pipeline.

-Sonic Automotive’s EchoPark has created 500+ white collar job operation in Lowell, showing us that real and future opportunities are being created for our residents who are choosing Gaston County as their career and business center.

-FUSE District Gastonia is anchored by a multi-use sports and entertainment complex and will open itself to attract impactful residential and commercial opportunities. The facility is slated to open in 2021.

What do these three examples mean? That Gaston County is enjoying success in business and economic development and is seriously preparing for more.

You can find our events for Business & Economic Development Week activities below (to RSVP to the events below, please go to this page):

Monday, September 30

Manufacturing Round Table

The world changes in the blink of an eye, so with a panel of industry professionals, the Gaston County EDC proudly presents a forward-looking program that involves a discussion on the state of intellectual property, patents, and trademark protections.

Gaston College-- Kimbrell Campus Auditorium, 10am - 11:30am

Tuesday, October 1

Courtesy Women Who Rock

Women Who Rock Luncheon

Women rock. So we're celebrating them by teaming up with the Gaston Regional Chamber and the Gaston County Economic Development Commission. The featured speaker will beRamona Holloway, one half of the highly celebrated and awarded Matt & Ramona Show.

Gaston Conference Center, 11:30am - 1pm

Wednesday, October 2

Social Media Day

We want to give you an inside peek of Gaston County (if you can't make it here in person). We're just across the Catawba River, and business is boomin'.

Thursday, October 3

Fuse District Groundbreaking Ceremony

Gastonia's FUSE District will be revolutionary for the region: The multi-sports complex designed to attract private development will be an anchor for the quickly revitalizing downtown area. With mixed-use development deals already being made on surrounding lots, you will not want to miss this monumental groundbreaking event/celebration/party, ending the night with a fireworks display.

800 West Main Avenue, Gastonia, 5pm- 8:30 pm

Friday, October 4

Courtesy City of Belmont

City of Belmont Community Bus Tour

Collaborating with Belmont partners, the Gaston County EDC has given you a compelling reason to hop on for the ride: We'll be showing you some of the new & potential developments around town, with tours of the Chronicle Mill Development, the recently opened TechWorks Gaston, and of course downtown Belmont—one of the nation's top ranked suburbs.

Gaston County Visitors Center, 11am, bus departs at 11:45 am

How will you celebrate growth, development and business in Gaston County this week?

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