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The leader of Monroe-Union County Economic Development has been recognized as North Carolina's Economic Developer of the Year.

16 June 2016

By Jenna Martin, Charlotte Business Journal

The leader of Monroe-Union County Economic Development has been recognized as North Carolina's Economic Developer of the Year.

The North Carolina Economic Developers Association awarded Chris Platé, executive director of the local economic development group, for his achievements in 2015. Those include helping to bring 523 jobs to Union County and maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in the Charlotte region for 17 straight years.

The NCEDA listed the following projects that Platé was involved with last year that made him deserving of the honor: O’Neil Digital Solutions, adding 250 jobs and investing $140 million; ATI Specialty Materials, adding 70 jobs and investing $70 million in a new facility in their complex; Scott Safety, investing $29 million; and Glenmark Pharmaceutical, investing $9.5 million.

“Chris’ hard work in economic development has positively impacted Union County with job creation and investment throughout Union County,” said Ernie Pearson, NCEDA immediate past president. “This award is our organization’s way of recognizing his dedication to this community, the economic development profession and our state.”

The Raleigh-based NCEDA is a statewide association of professional economic developers in North Carolina. The nearly 500 members promote the state and its communities as places for new economic activity.

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