by Jordan Green

Developer funds campaigns in advance of incentives request

A request for economic develop incentive funds valued at $4.2 million to a company owned by Greensboro developer Roy Carroll that was originally placed on the agenda for Greensboro City Council’s Tuesday meeting has been postponed. Andy Scott, assistant city manager for economic development, said the postponement was a mutual decision of the developer and city staff “to get all of our facts in order.”

“This is a developer who has some industrially zoned property who is asking for some assistance to get water and sewer infrastructure extended out there,” Scott said. “When someone is looking [to locate a company] in the Greensboro area — the nomenclature is ‘shovel ready’: that means graded, zoned and hooked up to water and sewer — everything is in place so that someone could reasonably start construction in a 6-9 month period as opposed to a two-year period.”

The funds would be paid out from a $10 million economic development bond approved by Greensboro voters in 2006. Companies such as DH Griffin, Samet Corp. and Windsor Properties have received the funds in the past for similar projects, Scott said. The assistant city manager said the request will likely come before council in the next couple months. That could potentially be after Election Day in early November.

Carroll, who also received economic development incentives from the city for the renovation of the CenterPointe building in downtown, has been a generous donor to political candidates. He has recently contributed $1,000 each to the campaigns of mayoral candidate Robbie Perkins and at-large candidate Cyndy Hayworth.

Neither state law nor city ordinance prevents council members from voting on matters affecting persons who have contributed to their political campaigns, interim City Attorney Tom Pollard said. — EG and JG

Guilford County Schools offers parent workshop

Guilford County Schools hosts a free workshop for parents on Saturday at Hairston Middle School in Greensboro. Topics from a grouping of workshops on foundations for school success include exceptional children; English-as-a-Second-Language instruction; test scores; race, class and culture; and No Child Left Behind provisions and Title I programs. Topics from a grouping of workshops on educational transition include college preparation tests and financing college. Topics from a grouping of workshops on tools for parenting include discipline, substance abuse prevention, parentteacher associations and fathering. Childcare and lunch will be provided. To register, call 800.962.6817 or visit — JG