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Pitt County C100 Contributes $40,000 to PCC for Solid Dose Training Facility in Greenville

On PCC's behalf, Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Gould (center) accepted a $40,000-check from Pitt County Committee of 100 representatives Don Mills (left) and Scott Senatore. Mills, who serves on the Committee of 100's board of directors, is also a member of the PCC Board of Trustees.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt County Committee of 100 presented a $40,000-check to Pitt Community College administrators this month to support efforts to prepare a skilled workforce for area biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical companies.

According to PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Gould, the college will combine the money with grant funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation to equip a solid dose training facility at the future Biopharmaceutical Workforce Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence (currently the Technology Enterprise Center on Greene Street) in Greenville.

Gould says the facility will be the only one of its kind in the southeastern United States, adding that it will serve pharmaceutical companies, like Greenville’s Patheon, Inc., and prepare a 21st century workforce that fosters economic development in Pitt County.

“The Committee of 100's participation in this effort is an illustration of the collaborative model of economic development that convinced Patheon that Pitt County is the right place to locate and expand their biopharmaceutical services,” Gould said.

In addition to the funding provided to PCC, Gould said the Committee of 100 gave $60,000 to East Carolina University as part of a recruitment incentives package used to encourage Patheon to locate in Greenville.

“The partnership between Pitt Community College, East Carolina University, Pitt County, the Pitt County Development Commission, the City of Greenville, the Committee of 100 and others was a key factor in Patheon’s decision to locate here,” Gould said, adding that Patheon announced in October that it plans to add 488 jobs to its Greenville facility as part of a $159 million expansion of the site.