COVID-19 Essential Industry Application

Published Monday, March 23, 2020

Today the Gaston County Economic Development Commission is providing the following information links so that you may be able to quickly and effectively list your business as being an essential business to combat the COVID 19 Virus.

At the time of this announcement, Governor Cooper has not issued an order to “shelter in place”. Should this occur then all busi-nesses classified as “non-life essential” would be ordered to close for a specified period of time. The State of North Carolina, through the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management is identifying those existing industries and busi-nesses which are deemed essential.

If you believe your company can file for an exemption, especially those companies that are suppliers to medical devices, produce protective health equipment or components or could quickly redirect resources to meet the growing need for these items, then please consider registering. Obtaining this status of an “essential industry” would allow your company the ability to operate if an emergency shelter in place is issued.



Businesses should email:

In the email, you should provide the following:
 Business Name
 Point of Contact (name, email, phone, address)
 Nature of the business and why it is critical for your company to continue operations
 Business website

The Gaston EDC will provide any changes on our website: WWW.GASTON.ORG
If you have any questions please contact:

Gaston County Economic Development Commission at 704-825-4046.
Mr. Donny Hicks, Executive Director

Leslie Campbell, interim Existing Industry Manager
Mobile #: 704-718-7634