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November 16, 2018

Downtown Vision Plan draft available for public comment in Mebane

The plan is the product of ten months of work led by Allison Platt of Rivers & Associates, LLC in coordination with city leaders. It features five chapters that analyze downtown strengths and weaknesses, proposes concepts that can build upon downtown’s assets and address needs, a vision that realizes these…

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November 9, 2018

Downtown Wilson development snowballs with new businesses, renovations

Recruitment, renovation and rebranding. Historic downtown Wilson is popping with activity, and this weekend’s N.C. Whirligig Festival is the perfect time to see the progress firsthand. “I truly believe we’re finally getting to that tipping point in downtown development,” said Kimberly Van Dyk, Wilson planning and community revitalization director. “We…

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November 9, 2018

Winston-Salem again makes Top 10 Digital City

The center cited the city’s use of data to better allocate city resources and combat such issues as blight in neighborhoods; its development of an “open data” portal that will be a prominent feature on the new city website now in development; its implementation of an online sign-up tool for…

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November 9, 2018

Downtown Spruce Pine improvements continue

Another 200 feet of sidewalk has been poured along Oak Avenue, part of Spruce Pine Main Street’s ongoing efforts to promote a more connected and pedestrian-friendly town center. The new stretch will help link favorite spots as far east as the City Drive-In with the rest of downtown. The project…

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November 9, 2018

$48M concert, sports venue opens in Rocky Mount

Thousands of people gathered Thursday for the Rocky Mount Event Center’s grand opening celebration. “We designed this building to be very flexible,” said Mayor David Combs. “There is nothing like this in North Carolina, I can tell you that, and there is certainly nothing like this in eastern North Carolina.”…

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November 2, 2018

Swinging for the fences: Kannapolis sports complex swings into construction phase

In a couple of years it will be time to play ball in a new stadium in Kannapolis. The city celebrated the start of construction of its new Sports & Entertainment Venue in downtown on Chestnut Avenue by swinging for the fence and shooting off the confetti on Tuesday. The…

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November 2, 2018

New site for business incubator: Innovation hub plans announced at Gig East tech conference

The latest investment in downtown development was a part of the third Gig East gathering as City Manager Grant Goings announced the planned Wilson Innovation Hub would now be located at 127 Goldsboro St. Earlier this year, officials said a $1.1 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation would be…

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November 2, 2018

Comfort Bilt expanding Mocksville site

“Adding jobs is always exciting,” said Michael Barron, plant manager, “and this expansion allows us to lay things out the way we want them, not the way they have had to be because of space limitations. A lot has changed at the plant over the years.” Comfort Bilt began operations…

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November 2, 2018

‘Winter’ arrives: New Five Points Archway Public Art Project mural installed

“When I do murals, it’s for the community,” Li said. “It’s not mine anymore, per se, but it’s for the people who live here now. “I think that public art is important,” he said. “Not only does it give the town a personality, it brightens it up a little bit.

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November 2, 2018

Hotel Moves Forward with Construction Plans in Lexington

Robin Bivens, director of the Lexington Tourism Authority, said the new hotel will increase funding for the organization. Lexington Tourism receives a majority of its funding from the state hotel occupancy tax. She said the new hotel will provide a needed amenity as well as help support the local economy.

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