Orange County Economic Development


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 9, 2012)—The Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted in favor of awarding the bid and approving a construction contract for the second phase of the Buckhorn-Mebane water and sanitary sewer system.

 J.F. Wilkerson Contracting of Morrisville, NC submitted the winning bid in the amount of $4,016,546. This contract is being funded by the quarter-cent sales tax initiative, which passed the November 2011 voter referendum.

“Our unanimous decision represents our commitment to the voters and proof we are serious and ready to move forward with economic development in Orange County,” said Commission Chair Bernadette Pelissier.

The County has been working in partnership with the City of Mebane for the past several years to bolster the utility service in the area. The first phase was Gravelly Hill Middle School, followed by the neighborhoods and churches located in the Buckhorn Road area and now infrastructure will be added to the economic development district.

“The addition of a water and sanitary sewer system will increase the economic development prospects for Orange County—by adding office, light industrial, manufacturing, and retail opportunities in turn, diversifying the County’s tax base,” said Steve Brantley director of Orange County’s Economic Development Department.

“We’ve been working for years to bring quality jobs and services to the Buckhorn economic development district. This infrastructure project, made possible by a citizen-supported sales tax and strong partnership with Mebane, marks a major step in that direction,” said Commissioner Barry Jacobs.

The construction zone is part of the 3,000 acre Efland/Buckhorn/Mebane Utility Planning Area and comprises 800+ acres of economic development land use. Additionally, 16” water mains will be installed to support another 900 acres with water supply and fire flow.

Proactive rezoning approved by the BOCC has made this location more competitive when vying for targeted business and industry interested in the Triangle region.

“This land is located between the Triangle and the Triad, bordering the southern part of I-85 and I-40, which makes this area unique, giving businesses a reason to locate in Orange County,” said Commissioner Alice Gordon.

Within less than a year after the voter referendum, Orange County has successfully entered in to two major inter-local utility agreements with the cities of Mebane and Durham.

Efland/Buckhorn/Mebane Utility Planning Area