Mayor's Economic Development Advisory Committee Meets for First Time
Community leaders came to City Hall to help refine the City of Greenville’s economic development goals and strategies with a goal of creating jobs and growing the economy for all of its citizens.
Representatives of North Carolina’s Eastern Region, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Pitt County Government, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, Pitt County Schools, Vidant Health, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Pitt-Greenville Convention and Visitors Authority joined the Mayor, City Council Members, and City staff in this meeting. Numerous economic development initiatives are already underway by many of these groups. Greenville is looking for collaboration and help in defining its role in growing the city’s economy.
“It’s encouraging to have all of these people coming together and helping us with this important mission,” said Greenville’s new Economic Development Officer Carl Rees. “Being able to gain their support and not duplicate what they are doing will help us focus our efforts and be successful with city-wide economic development.”
Mayor Allen Thomas and Interim City Manager Thom Moton expressed the importance of working together with the various organizations at the table with an emphasis on diversifying the City’s tax base and creating living wage jobs for Greenville citizens.
Attendees stressed the importance of communicating through the media the positives within the community, such as the City’s Small Business Plan Competition or the Health Sciences Academy, which is a partnership between Pitt County Schools and Vidant Health.
Rees gave an overview of the City’s Draft Economic Development Vision Document. Those in attendance expressed optimism that the City’s plans would fit well with the plans of their respective agencies.
The Committee will meet quarterly to help facilitate the close partnerships needed for the whole community to benefit from the efforts.
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