From the Chatham News + Record, by Cooper Metts

PITTSBORO — Multibillion-dollar manufacturing projects headline the bright future ahead for economic development in Chatham County, but local officials are also focused on the necessary next steps, including infrastructural upgrades, sufficient labor supply and attracting supporting businesses. 

Electric car manufacturer VinFast and semiconductor producer Wolfspeed both recently broke ground on manufacturing plants in Chatham County costing a combined $9 billion. 

There are approximately 1,800 acres still available for use in the areas adjacent to VinFast and Wolfspeed, according to Chatham County Economic Development Corporation President Michael Smith. He expressed that filling those empty acres with businesses to support Wolfspeed and VinFast is a priority for the Chatham County EDC.  

The Chatham County EDC is in communications with several companies interested in occupying some of those empty acres, with most of the companies being related to the electric vehicle and semiconductor market, according to Smith.  

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