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CVCC Earns Charlotte Regional Partnership Jerry Award For Economic Development Honors

The Charlotte Regional Partnership honored Catawba Valley Community College at its recent annual awards luncheon in Charlotte. 

The Jerry Award for the Public Sector was given to the region's community and technical colleges, including CVCC.

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of CVCC; Lori Price, customized training coordinator; and Crystal Glenn, executive director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center attended the luncheon to accept the award.

The Jerry Awards recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant, ongoing contributions to economic development within the 16-county Charlotte region. They are named in honor of the first recipients in 2007: Jerry Richardson, owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers, and Jerry Orr, aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The colleges were awarded this honor for several reasons as stated in the program for the awards luncheon.  

"Our regional community and technical colleges provide business and industry with the edge they need to improve the efficiency and remain competitive in the global marketplace. The custom-tailored training programs, advanced education and prototyping partnerships are just a few of the many ways that the colleges anticipate and meet industry demands. Each of these schools is invaluable to the economic development of the county it serves. From the heavy equipment operators to biopharma lab technicians, they provide a reliable source of skilled workers that attract locating and expanding companies. Not only do our community and technical colleges serve business needs, they also offer an affordable, accessible way for people to update their skills and be life-long learners." 
The other nine community and technical colleges within the 16-county Charlotte region honored include Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, Gaston College, Mitchell Community College, Northeastern Technical College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, South Piedmont Community College, Stanly Community College and York Technical College.
"We couldn't narrow it down to just one college," said Ronnie Bryant, president and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership. "Each has made a significant, ongoing impact on our regional economy and is essential to workforce development in the areas that it serves. The customized training that they offer businesses gives us a competitive advantage as we meet and talk with advisors and corporations that are making decisions about where to expand, consolidate or relocate their companies." 
Bryant said a skilled workforce and robust infrastructure are two of the top qualities that can make or break a deal. 
To learn more about the custom-tailored training programs available to local business and industry through Catawba Valley Community College, contact Lori Price at 828-327-7000, ext. 4284,
A nonprofit, public/private economic development organization, the Charlotte Regional Partnership allocates and leverages regional economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of the Charlotte region. The 16-county region encompasses Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. 
Pictured above members of CVCC's Workforce Development Innovation Center team who won the Charlotte Regional Partnership's 2010 Jerry Award are (from left) Crystal Glenn, executive director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center; Susan Harris, administrative assistant; Lori Price, customized training coordinator; Sherry Williams, executive assistant to CVCC President Garrett Hinshaw; and Gary Harris, director of business and industry learning services.

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