Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Rural counties band together to market region

Group formed after state marketing efforts were slashed
By Nicholas Elmes nelmes@civitasmedia.com

Seven rural counties in the Piedmont Triad region will soon have new voice when seeking economic development prospects — themselves.

Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, Davie, Davidson, Rockingham, and Randolph counties are joining forces to form a new economic development marketing group which hopes to have a budget of $75,000 to attract new industry to rural communities. The formation of the group is a result of recent changes to state development initiatives which has eliminated funding for rural markets, according to Stokes County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Alan Wood.

“For about 15 years there were seven statewide partnerships in North Carolina,” said Wood. “Each year, up to the end of this fiscal year, there had been state funding to the regional partnerships to market all the communities in that partnership, both urban and rural.”

But in July that funding will go away. More here.

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