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3/28/2021 2:38:00 PM
TechWorks Recognized For Revitalization Work
Earns North Carolina Main Street Award
Terry Cox
Terry Cox

Lincoln Herald Staff

TechWorks Gaston recently earned a prestigious award.

An entrepreneurial, technology-based co-working space, the Belmont business was recognized with the Main Street America Award of Merit for Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization. This recognition from the North Carolina Department of Commerce came at its recent Internet-based teleconference.

Opened two years ago, TechWorks is the result of partnerships with State, County and City governments, along with foundation and corporate funding. TechWorks features gigabit fiber and state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities in a digitally connected center of office and co-working space, conference and training rooms and a large, multi-functional event space in a restored 14,000-square-foot mill building in downtown Belmont. The TechWorks building blends both the historic and the new, with original floors and walls, coupled with an innovative design to inspire minds for the future, according to executive director Terry Cox.

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“It is an honor to be nominated for this award by the City of Belmont,” she recently said, “and to have our partnership acknowledged by the State of North Carolina. TechWorks is a shining example of how public-private partnerships play a fundamental role in revitalization to produce positive outcomes for communities.”

Cox continued that the Main Street America Program works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation, using a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization. As one of 11 projects awarded in various categories statewide, TechWorks was recognized for how its creative and positive public-private partnership contributed to the revitalization of downtown Belmont.

Phil Boggan is the City of Belmont’s downtown director. Boggan recently lauded TechWorks’ efforts.

“TechWorks has become an essential component of our downtown revitalization,” he said, “and an important recruiting tool for further economic development efforts. TechWorks serves as a model for how small towns in urban-rural counties can re-imagine growth opportunities. By strategically leveraging its proximity to a growing metropolitan center, TechWorks has been able to become a hub for tech innovation and entrepreneurship, stimulate broadband expansion and help build a talent pipeline for technology jobs.”

As part of its mission, TechWorks is committed to providing the community with exposure, education and hands-on experience with the latest technology tools. For example, TechWorks created a K-12 academy, with innovative approaches to education. It offers training for in-demand tech skills, coupled with certification testing services, and it advocates for the expansion of computerized engagement.

Furthering this commitment, TechWorks recently launched an Internet-based lab that includes a multi-media studio, with videography, podcasting, live-stream, drone media and spatial computing, including Virtual Reality. TechWorks will offer various multi-media services, education and training out of the new lab. 

More about TechWorks and Main Street America
Located at 52-A Ervin St., TechWorks is right next door to the Primal Brewery in downtown Belmont. Situated mere minutes from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, TechWorks also takes advantage of all that Belmont has to offer.

And the Main Street America Program works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation, using a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization. It helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network of more than 40 co-ordinating programs and more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country. All of them are committed to creating high-quality places and building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center is the Main Street America co-ordinating program for the state.

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