Celebrating Black History Month and remembering Orange County’s local leaders
February is Black History Month, a time to make a special effort to discover, recognize and celebrate the Black or African Americans who were and still are integral to the development and prosperity of the United States. Ours is a story of pain and anguish, as well as jubilation and accomplishment.
We have fought hard and we have sacrificed much for our freedom, our civil rights and our voting rights. Over the centuries, we have become inventors, medical doctors, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers, farmers, business owners, teachers, military officers and scientists. As Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance poet wrote, "I too sing America."
Click here for a listing of Black women and men have served in public office in Orange County. My challenge to you is know what offices they held or now hold.
During the month, local governments will create short videos honoring Black pioneers from Orange County. Check out this video from Carrboro’s Barbara Foushee on her husband, Braxton Foushee, and look for our video on Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett later this month. She is the product of Orange County Schools who played a crucial role in the development of a vaccine that is being used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medline Update – 250 more jobs for Orange County
Last year, Orange County approved a major economic development project with the location of a 1.2 million square foot Medline Distribution Center in Mebane. This $65 million project, when complete, will bring 250 well-paying jobs to the county in addition to the 350 jobs created while the site is being built.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, with the site to become operational in early 2022.
A family-owned business, Medline offers good jobs with health and retirement benefits. The company likes to develop its own talent and has a track record of promoting 80 percent of its employees from within the company.
The benefits to the county will be through increased property tax value, as well as substantial investment with local vendors for annual maintenance, upkeep and operational support. The company estimates it will spend more than $1 million per year locally to area small businesses to support its operations.
Virtual Ag Summit
Orange County’s 23rd Annual Ag Summit is happening this week, virtually. There is still time to register for Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions. Click here for registration information.