Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Regarding the conceptual drawings detailed in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 30, Greenville’s city leaders need to continue focusing on economic development with the help of public/private partnerships if our city is going to elevate its status of being a strong leader in eastern North Carolina. Greenville has major economic engines in East Carolina University and Vidant Health Systems. These entities play an integral role in the revitalization of uptown Greenville but they cannot solely carry the water as economic developers.
Our mayor, City Council and the city’s economic development team traveled to cities with similar natural assets where they witnessed how revitalization can work when cities form public/private partnerships similar to East Carolina and Vidant. Having partners such as these — but more importantly, bringing newer ones into the planning stages — is a recipe for success in mapping out a blueprint for under-utilized/under-performing real estate.
As a son of Greenville and Pitt County, I chose to return after attending college out of state and living in a large metropolitan city for many years. Greenville is a great place to live and raise a family, but creative thinking, bold decisions and risks will have to be taken by our city leaders to elevate it to the next level it so deserves. In return, our city will attract more young professionals, entrepreneurs and corporations that will find our assets appealing.
The economy is slowly rebounding and positive energy will soon follow, but our city’s economic development plans cannot be hindered by political back-biting. I have met the mayor along with his economic development team, and they have the vision to form the public/private partnerships and implement the bold ideas to revitalize uptown Greenville.
My hope is that once the City Council has reviewed all the information regarding the First Street Corridor, cooler heads will prevail to produce a win-win result for citizens.
via The Daily Reflector.