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Northern Wayne meeting tonight

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 8, 2008 2:13 PM

The Northern Wayne Task Force will hold its first public meeting tonight from 5:30 to 8 in the Pikeville Community Center on 105 W. School St.

The task force, which was created earlier this year, marks the second step in the Northern Wayne Initiative -- a project designed to help boost economic development in the towns of Pikeville, Fremont and Eureka and the surrounding areas.

The work began with the completion of an assessment study by The Sanford Holshouser Business Develop-ment Group, which gave several recommendations, including the recruitment of residents to participate in leadership development programs, conducting a joint utilities review, improving downtown appearances and working to identify potential industrial and business parks.

The first step, the study said, was the formation of the task force to begin prioritizing and working on the rest of the recommendations.

And now that it is a reality, northern Wayne officials are excited about the project's potential.

"We want to create more businesses, increase our tax base and create more jobs for Wayne County and this area. There's been a lot of growth in the Mount Olive area and around Goldsboro, and we just want to duplicate what they're doing up here. We just want to create some economic development in the northern part of the county," Fremont Town Manager Kerry McDuffy said.

The task force includes officials and residents from all three towns, but anyone is invited, and dinner will be served. For more information call 731-7700.