Group formed after state marketing efforts were slashed
By Nicholas Elmes firstname.lastname@example.org
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.