Garner Economic Development Wins Award For Amazon Project

GARNER – The Garner Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) has been awarded the Cleantech Impact Award from the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) at its Dec. 9 annual meeting.

The Cleantech Impact Award recognizes a cleantech organization that has accelerated economic growth in the region or state. Examples may include a cleantech business that has relocated to the region or state, an existing cleantech employer that has expanded or an organization that has enabled such economic growth.

The GEDC was recognized for its involvement in leading the redevelopment of the former ConAgra Foods property, a 98-acre brownfield site along Jones Sausage Road. The redevelopment resulted in Amazon investing $250 million in a new 2.4-million-square-foot facility and creating over 3,000 new jobs.

“We are honored to receive the Cleantech Impact Award from the RTCC,” GEDC Chairman Jeff Swain said. “For years, the GEDC had worked to redevelop the former ConAgra property in Garner and return it to an active productive use. Today, what was once an idle industrial brownfield property is, once again, a site of industry, with an Amazon fulfillment center employing over 3,000 people. This award is a testament to the great impact that can be achieved when nonprofits, government and the private sector work together”

“Congratulations to all of the Cleantech Innovation Awards winners,” RTCC Executive Director Susan Sanford said. “I am excited for RTCC to be able to shine a light on the innovation that is taking place across North Carolina.”

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth.