Warren County commissioners approved an economic development incentive last week that will pave the way for Bridge Tech Global to bring new jobs to Warren County and become the first development in the Triangle North Warren business park in Soul City.

By a unanimous vote, Chairman Tare “T” Davis, Vice Chairman Victor Hunt and Commissioner Walter Powell, the three commissioners in attendance at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 4, conveyed to Bridge Tech 9 acres of land at Triangle North Warren valued at $6,180 an acre. In return, Bridge Tech plans to make an investment of $1 million in real property and $1 million in personal property for a total taxable amount of $2 million, and create 25 full-time jobs over a five-year period.

During a public hearing prior to the board’s meeting and vote, Charla Duncan, the county’s Community and Economic Development director, said that Bridge Tech Global was interested in expanding its Greenville, S.C. operation into Warren County.

Lake Gaston resident David Duxbury was the only citizen to raise questions during the hearing. He asked about the company leasing the land rather than the county conveying property, infrastructure needs, and a contract termination clause for non-performance, among others.

Duncan said that leasing the land was not an option in Triangle North because of the way the business park was established by the state legislature, as well as the idea being to bring  long-term investment into the county, including construction of buildings like the one Bridge Tech will construct, which will be taxable by the county, along with the equipment inside.

She said the incentive is performance-based and will include clawback provisions in the contract, as legally required.

The information technology training and research-based company will have a multi-faceted location here, Duncan said. In partnership with N.C. A&T State University, there will be a data center that will train students how to operate, maintain and support a production data center, and there will be data teams dedicated to designing, building, testing, and developing data platforms for industries across the country.

In addition, Bridge Tech will host a training and monitoring center for students and workforce development training participants and others, she said. There will also be partnerships with area organizations.

The 25 full-time jobs Bridge Tech Global will create here will have an average annual salary of $30,560, Duncan said.