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Industry event showcases Johnston County

“Racing For Recruitment” introduces Johnston County to potential employers and shows appreciation to existing industries.

BENSON – To showcase all that Johnston County has to offer potential employers, county officials took industry leaders, economic development officials and invited guests for a ride last week – a fast, thrilling ride at the new GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson.

The “Racing for Recruitment” event attracted more than 175 industry representatives and invited guests, including representatives from the NC Department of Commerce, state and local officials, and other economic development dignitaries. Representatives from construction, retail, hotel, foodservice and manufacturing industries were on hand, including officials with companies such as Caterpillar, Lowes and McDonalds.

The event provided an inside look at the county’s state-of-the-art racetrack. With luxury boxes and a seating capacity of more than 9,000, there is no other racing complex like it in North Carolina or on the East Coast.

Guests had the opportunity to see, touch and smell racing up close and personal at the NHRA track that regularly hosts regional drag racing events. Adrenaline junkies had the opportunity to “ride along” in high performance race cars with professional drivers – an exhilarating ride that left many visitors raving about Johnston County.

“This was an excellent opportunity for Johnston County to express our appreciation to existing industries and allow them to showcase our community to clients and potential customers who we’d like to bring here,” said Chris Johnson, director of the Johnston County Office of Economic Development. “

The industry appreciation event was hosted by Johnston County, its local towns and Chambers of Commerce, and industry partners including ElectriCities of North Carolina and Duke Energy.

“This was a remarkable event that left industry representatives and economic development professionals with a very positive impression of Johnston County,” said Brenda Daniels, Economic Development Manager at ElectriCities of North Carolina. “I’ve been to industry appreciation events across the state and this was one of the most memorable events ever.”

About The Johnston County Economic Development Office 
The Johnston County Economic Development Office (JCEDO) facilitates value-added interaction between government, education and the private sector in encouraging and promoting job creation and economic investment in Johnston County. A unit of county government, JCEDO collaborates with local, regional and statewide partners and allies in providing confidential location assistance to businesses and technical support to the county’s 11 municipalities. Its menu of services includes customized digital mapping, labor and wage analysis, site readiness assistance and incentive packaging. For additional information, visit

Rick Childrey, President

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