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NCRC’s Higgs to Take New Position in Georgia

September 15, 2015


September 15, 2015







Kannapolis, NC- Clyde Higgs, executive vice president of operations and business development for Castle & Cooke, North Carolina/the NC Research Campus (NCRC), announced that he is stepping down this month to become the chief operating officer of Atlanta Beltline, a multi-billion dollar economic development project in Georgia.


Clyde Higgs

Higgs joined the NCRC in 2006. In his nine years of leadership at the NCRC, he led the economic development recruitment of the campus’ 20 partners, which include major universities as well as international food companies like General Mills. He witnessed the campus’ employment base grow from a handful of employees to a research center with over 1,000 jobs associated with it.

Higgs leads the management of the NCRC for Castle & Cooke, which include land develop, commercial real estate leasing, legislative and community affairs. He recently led the negotiation of the sale of Cannon Village, which is adjacent to the NCRC, to the city of Kannapolis. The sale will accelerate the city’s downtown revitalization and redevelopment. Higgs also helped spearhead the successful Plant Pathways Elucidation Project for the NCRC.

“It has been an honor to work on such an amazing project with real power to be transformational,” Higgs commented. “I’m proud that I’ve been part of the original team here, and I am confident that great things are to come.”

The search for Higgs’ successor is underway.


About the NC Research Campus

The NC Research Campus is home to corporate, academic and healthcare partners including UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke University, General Mills, Sensory Spectrum, LabCorp, Dole Foods, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, Cabarrus Health Alliance and Carolinas Healthcare System. Scientific research is focused on advancing science at the intersection of human health, agriculture and nutrition. The NCRC is located on a 350-acre campus in Kannapolis, NC, just north of Charlotte. For more information, visit



Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus, 704-200-5070 or

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