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Marion

  1. 1. City of Marion Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Community Meeting 6:00 PM, Thursday, February 22, 2007 Marion Community Building
  2. 2.   30+ Sub-committee meetings   Weekly Updates   Minority Outreach   Organized Data   Determined Priorities   Set STEP Goals
  3. 3. 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”   Logo/Wayfinding Signage   Local business development assistance to promote “Made in McDowell”   Marketing grant opportunities for “Made in McDowell” promotion/marketing campaign
  4. 4.   13 Small Business Grants   2 Bldg Expansions   2 Sign Purchases   9 Inventory Expansions   15 employees retained or hired   Very Successful Program
  5. 5. • Free WiFi in Downtown Central Business District
  6. 6. 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 the community.
  7. 7.   $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
  8. 8. • Supported McDowell Arts Council as an arts & business development center in downtown district.
  9. 9. • 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 Visioning Committees.
  10. 10. 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.

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