• 75°

10 to watch: Greg Edds

Greg Edds

He may have come in second during the 2014 general election, but Rowan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds’ foremost priority is putting a focus on improving county’s economy first.

And he’s already off to a running start.

Edds, a Republican, finished second in the 2014 general election behind Jim Greene in his first bid for the Board of Commissioners. During the general election, his top priorities all related to economic development. His stance on the former Salisbury Mall, now called West End Plaza, was to consider all options and choose the most reasonable one.

Shortly after winning one of three available seats on the county board, Edds was elected chairman by a majority of the commissioners and quickly got to work.

In his first month, Edds has already formed a committee of businessmen to help with economic development and begun conversations with city officials about how to best proceed with the former Salisbury Mall. Under Edds, commissioners voted to continue with an appeal of the Salisbury City Council’s special use permit denial. The appeal was filed Dec. 19.

Edds runs a State Farm Insurance agency in Salisbury.

Before being elected, Edds was the chairman of the Rowan County Republican Party. He also served on the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

•  •  •

Job title: Owns an insurance agency in Salisbury and serves as chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners

Age: 51

Where do you live? Salisbury

If you won $1 million in the lottery, what would you do? Give to my church and charities that my family supports, then invest in my business so I can create more jobs.  And Milk Duds. I’d buy a case of Milk Duds.

Favorite hobby: Racquetball.  For 19 years I’ve been playing every week with Dr. Ken Washko and Dr. James Murphy.

Who should play you in a movie? I’ll pass on that one.

What would you choose for your last meal? French onion soup and prime rib from Joe Sims at Ivan’s Restaurant.

Which person in Salisbury or Rowan County would you call someone to watch in 2015? I still believe that school superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody and EDC Director Robert Van Geons will be the two most important people in our county for the next several years.  I would also add Shawn Campion from Integro.

Biggest challenge for Rowan County in 2015: Our biggest challenge will be quickly accumulating enough economic development victories to make a large, immediate financial impact on our tax base.  Making significant capital investments requires funds that we currently don’t have.

Biggest hope for Rowan County in 2015: There is a sense of renewed cooperation and a growing belief that we must actively, aggressively take charge of our county’s future.  I believe the groundwork we lay in 2015 will have a positive impact that will be felt for decades to come.

Reaction to making the list: While I’m honored to be “one to watch” in 2015, I would invite the community to watch all five commissioners, because I have great confidence that each commissioner is going to lead in a positive way that will bring back economic success, civic pride  and a renewed sense of hope to Rowan County.

Comments

Local

Torch Run returns to Rowan streets, raises money for Special Olympics

Crime

Fish arcade company drops suit against Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

Crime

Man faces kidnapping, assault charges after woman escapes at Webb Road Flea Market

Local

Natoli promoted to assistant county manager, will retain human resources director title

Education

Attendance restriction lifted for RSS graduation ceremonies

Business

Rowan Chamber of Commerce will host in-person Power in Partnership on Thursday

Business

Rowan EDC will undergo name change, alter board requirements with updates to bylaws

Nation/World

Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

Nation/World

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

Nation/World

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance