Project 1 – “Made in McDowell” Branding
Develop ”Made in McDowell” brand
Matching grant funds for construction of farmer’s
market to promote “Made in McDowell”
Local business development assistance to
promote “Made in McDowell”
Marketing grant opportunities for “Made in
McDowell” promotion/marketing campaign
13 Small Business Grants
2 Bldg Expansions
2 Sign Purchases
9 Inventory Expansions
15 employees retained or hired
Very Successful Program
• Free WiFi in Downtown Central
In 2010 they hosted E-3 Forum for Economic
Development in McDowell County
In 2011 they sponsored the Best of McDowell
Photography Contest with over 100 entries. It was
very popular event and highlighted the best things of
$2.5 million Improvement for
Commercial Development Sugar Hill
Road, Wal-Mart Development Grandview
Station 195,000 sq. ft. Wal-Mart
Supercenter & 14 new business spaces
• Supported McDowell Arts Council as
an arts & business development
center in downtown district.
• To obtain brownfield funding in the
future, Marion added adaptive reuse of
brownfield sites to the NC STEP goals.
No STEP funds were allocated, the
adaptive reuse was a priority of the
Although Marion has completed the
the NC STEP program, it is not over.
Marion is in the final drafts of an
updated comprehensive plan that is the
direct result of NC STEP.
Marion has adopted
Vision and Goals for Marion 2030.
This will be the growth plan for the
next twenty years for Marion.
We have just begun.