Marion Initiative Revives Downtown Business

May 21, 2019
It was a only a matter of time before state economic development officials would find the GEM of Marion.

Growing Entrepreneurs Marion — GEM, which just won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce — has transformed the city’s downtown core with millions of private-sector dollars pumped into new businesses and jobs.
“Everyone in our community should care about the GEM Program because the new businesses that have located in Marion have provided more shopping, dining and entertainment options for both local residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Steve Little.
The program’s success has motivated local officials to extend it across the city.
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