Gov. Bev Perdue is hosting three N.C. Governor’s Forums on Small Town Competitiveness sessions and the Division will be on-hand touting the benefits of tourism to small towns by discussing the nuts and bolts of working with the Division to attract visitors and increase their spending for businesses and the community. The forums are an opportunity to bring together both state and federal officials, along with community economic development partners, to hear directly from small town leaders about the resources they need to continue to grow North Carolina today and in the future. This will also be an opportunity for local leaders to learn about what resources are currently available to help them continue to improve the quality of life in their communities. The forums are schedule for Sept. 16 in Williamston, Sept. 28 in Thomasville and Oct. 6 in Clyde. Pre-registration is required. To register, click here; then input as User name: RegisterMe and use as the Password: regpassword.
There will be a Small Town Competitiveness Resource Fair which will give participants an opportunity to interact with a variety of service providers. The governor is inviting all 100 counties and all municipalities with populations under 50,000 to attend these events. The Resource Fair is designed as an opportunity for local government leaders to discuss their community economic development needs with a variety of service providers.