Jay (Jay) C. Adams, Jr. (R-SH096)
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North Carolina House of Representatives
Room 2223 Legislative Building 16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

District Office:
322 Third Avenue, NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Donna   
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Committee on Wildlife Resources
MemberHouse Committee on State and Local Government II
MemberJoint Legislative Committee on Local Government
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Environment
MemberHouse Committee on Commerce and Job Development
MemberHouse Committee on Elections and Ethics Law
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation
MemberHouse Committee on Finance
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Jay moved to Catawba County in 1975 and worked in the furniture industry. The mid 1970's were difficult years with high interest rates, high inflation and very low economic activity. In 1978 Jay took a job at Deville Furniture at a minimum wage job. Within a year business had picked up and he was given the task of creating a 'management training program'. This was a real challenge. His solution was to learn all he could about the operation of the plant by taking the place of any worker that was absent in a place that would hold up production. By doing this he got to work all over the plant, meet all of the employees and build respect. After setting up a central receiving warehouse and an inventory control system he left for another opportunity. Jay has never forgotten the people he worked with and the camaraderie of working in a manufacturing environment.

In 1983 Jay took a job with SIECOR as a Technical Communications Specialist writing instruction manuals for various procedure and equipment. He had to complete the training courses for field engineers learning how to splice fiber optic cable and use the various instruments. A layoff of nearly 400 employees in 1986 lead Jay to the commercial real estate career.

Being self-employeed Jay soon found his way to the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. His first committee assignment was in 1992 as Chair of the Transportation Committee. In those days the Chair of the committee was given a seat on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Coordinating Committee. Jay has continued to serve on that committee for most of the last 20 years.

In 1993 Mr. Adams was appointed to the Hickory Horizons Committee and served on the Local Government and Transportation Committee under Murray Tate. He was appointed Chair of the Transportation sub-committee.

In 1994 & 1995 Jay served as Chair of both the Transportation Committee and the Highway 321 Task Force Committee.

Appointed to the Hickory by Choice Committee in 1998. From 1999 thru 2001, the committee worked to developed a vision of how the citizens of Hickory wanted the community to look and function in the future. In 2001, Hickory adopted a new land use plan and zoning ordinance based on the conclusions of the committee.

Mr. Adams served on the steering committee for the 14 county 1998 Environmental Summit initiated by the Mecklenburg County Commission. Since 1998, Jay has been involved in activities geared toward understanding land use and development patterns and how they relate to transportation infrastructure. Land use, transportation, air and water quality are inextricably intertwined. By understanding the impact of transportation, land use, and development coupled with prudent planning we can avoid costly errors.

Jay's interest in land use and environmental issues has continued. He was a participant in Hickory's Center City Project and participated in the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Unifour Air Quality Committee. In his continuing involvement with the Western Piedmont's Metropolitan Planning Organization he was assigned to the Charlotte Regional Roads Committee and continues to serve on that committee Jay served on the Chamber Government Affairs Committee and the Future Economy Council. He is committed to continuing to learn about issues which both directly and indirectly affect economic development. He believes comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of the marketplace is necessary to identify the most suitable sites for commercial development.

In 2009 Jay was appointed to the City of Hickory's Businesss Development Committee at the invitation of Mayor Rudy Wright. In 2013 Jay was was appointed to the City's Brownfield Advisory Group and continues to serve on that committee. Both initatives are focused on business development.

Jay is a graduate of The Citadel, a member of the The Catawba Valley Wildlife Club (past President) and the First Baptist Church. He enjoys shooting sports (Civilian Marksmanship Program), hunting, photography and motor sports. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, James & Elizabeth and make their home in the Claremont Historic district of downtown Hickory.