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About the GGDC

Gaston County’s business leadership led the formation of the GGDC to unite businesses, governments, academia and nonprofit organizations behind a pro-growth economic development agenda.

Our Mission: to drive job growth and increase the tax base in Gaston County.

Our Story

Founded in 2014 to meet the growing economic needs of Gaston County, the GGDC plays a unique role in the greater Gaston region. We are a membership-driven economic development organization that fosters collaboration and drives action on strategic county-wide initiatives.

The GGDC convenes public, private, and nonprofit institutions to tackle the "big picture" questions facing Gaston County as identified by over 100 community leaders in the Alliance for Growth Plan. That Plan detailed seven key focus areas and supporting projects to better prepare Gaston County for the future. Within this context, the GGDC operates and works with its many partners to accelerate job growth and attract capital investment to Gaston County.



Trustee Members

A. B. Carter, Inc.

American & Efird

Belmont Abbey College

CaroMont Health

City of Gastonia

Clariant Corporation

David Belk Cannon Foundation

Dole Foods

Duke Energy

Gaston County

GSM Services

Parkdale, Inc.

Pharr Yarns, LLC

PSNC Energy

Standard Distributors, Inc.

Watson Insurance

Wilbert Plastic Services

Investor Members

Alliance Bank & Trust


Beam Construction

Charlotte Paint Co.

Choice USA Beverage, Inc.

City of Belmont

City of Mount Holly

Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA

Gaston College

Gaston County Schools

Community Foundation of Gaston County

Gastonia Plumbing and Heating

Holy Angels Services, Inc.

Jackson LIG, LLC


Lowery Financial Group

McCannon, Rogers, Driscoll CPA

Precision Machine Products

Seven Oaks Farm, LLC.

South State Bank

The Gaston Gazette

Tindol Ford Subaru ROUSH

United Oil of the Carolinas


Core Leadership

Greg Botner    Chair

Chris Peek  Vice Chair

Tim Efird    Secretary-Treasurer

Joel Long   Immediate Past Chair 

Andy Warlick  Executive Committee Member At-Large

Bob Clay    Executive Committee Member At-Large

John Lowery    Executive Committee Member At-Large

Chris Whelchel   General Counsel

Patrick Mumford    Executive Director