Source: The Franklin Press
By Melanie Lebert
Aldermen have formally endorsed the Town of Franklin Economic Development Plan.
Paul Combs, the STEP coach from the North Carolina Rural Center, presented the plan to the town board at their meeting Monday night.
“The intent of the Rural Center is to help small towns,” Combs said. “It’s been a good process here in Franklin.”
A team including members of the Franklin Main Street Program board and other community representatives have been working on the project for more than a year. The program is seeking a $100,000 grant to implement an Economic Development Plan from the NC STEP Program, which helps revitalize small towns in the state. Franklin became an NCSTEP community through the efforts of the Main Street Program.
Alderman Sissy Pattillo, who is the liaison board member for the Main Street Program, commented on how well the diverse committee has been able to collaborate. Combs agreed. “I think they’ve done a tremendous job,” he said.
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