Happy New Year.  The beginning of 2021 marks the official merger of the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Gaston Development Corporation to become the Gaston Business Association (GBA).

We are putting the finishing touches on the creative aspects of our new organization to ensure they best reflect our steadfast commitment to increasing economic prosperity in Gaston County.

In the meantime, we will communicate with you under the Chamber‘s existing channels. We are optimistic about the future and can't wait to introduce you to the GBA in the coming weeks.

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About the GGDC

The GGDC is a private sector led non-profit corporation, formed in 2014 for the sole purpose of strengthening factors influencing Gaston County’s economic competitiveness. The organization serves as a leader, catalyst, convener, and facilitator of strategic initiatives designed to unite and align public, private, and non-profit entities behind a pro-growth agenda.


The ultimate goal of these efforts is to substantially increase capital investment and sustainable job development in Gaston County.

Guided by the seven pillars identified in the Alliance for Growth Plan, partners across the county take ownership of our economic future through pursuing a compelling vision and taking bold action. The GGDC is strategically and uniquely positioned to help create and drive this vision.



Trustee Members

A. B. Carter, Inc.

American & Efird

Belmont Abbey College

CaroMont Health

City of Gastonia

Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA

David Belk Cannon Foundation

Dole Foods

Dominion Energy

Duke Energy

GSM Services

Parkdale, Inc.

Pharr USA

Standard Distributors, Inc.

Tindol Ford Subaru ROUSH

Watson Insurance

Wilbert Plastic Services

Investor Members

Alliance Bank & Trust


Beam Construction

Choice USA Beverage, Inc.

City of Belmont

City of Mount Holly

Gaston College

Gaston County Schools

Gaston Community Foundation

Gastonia Plumbing & Heating

Holy Angels Services, Inc.


Lowery Financial Group

McCannon, Rogers, Driscoll CPA

Precision Machine Products

Seven Oaks Farm, LLC.

South State Bank

The Gaston Gazette

United Oil of the Carolinas

Executive Committee

Chair - Greg Botner, President & CEO of Wilbert Plastic Services

Vice Chair - Chris Peek, President & CEO of CaroMont Health

Secretary-Treasurer - Tim Efird, President of Standard Distributors

Immediate Past Chair - Joel Long, President of Commercial Division, GSM Services

At-Large - Andy Warlick, Chair and CEO of Parkdale, Inc.

At-Large - Bob Clay, Partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA

At-Large - John Lowery, Managing Partner of Lowery Financial Group

General Counsel - Chris Whelchel, Shareholder of Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith


Executive Director - Patrick Mumford

Strategist - Vincent Ginski


Core Leadership

We are merging, effective January 1st, 2021. Please visit our home page for more information.

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