Local Officials Hold Tier 1 Strategic Planning Meeting
(Fayetteville, N.C.) —Mayor Mitch Colvin, City officials, County officials and leaders from local agencies met Tuesday to develop a strategic plan to help Fayetteville and Cumberland County pull out of Tier 1 status. The State designates tier statuses to counties based on median annual household income, annual average unemployment rate, three year population growth and annual property value per capita. Based off the State’s criteria, Cumberland County now qualifies as one of the 40 most distressed counties in North Carolina.
“We broke into work groups and discussed an overall vision for the community, as well as our mission, values, priorities and projects,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said. “There was a great amount of brainstorming, in which we discussed what we want Fayetteville and Cumberland County to look like 10 years from now. One thing we all agreed on is that it’s time for us to start dreaming and having bigger ideas for what we want. We need to develop better self-esteem about our community and we need to encourage residents to speak more positively about the community. As we do that and rebrand our community, I’m confident that we will continue seeing positive strides, just as we’ve seen from the impact that Segra Stadium and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers have had here.”
Major Gen. Rodney Anderson of the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board and Public Works Commission Chair Darsweil Rogers facilitated the discussion.
Members of the Tier 1 committee will meet again in June to further refine the strategic plan.
Representatives from the following groups attended Tuesday’s meeting:
N.C. Department of Commerce
City of Fayetteville
Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County
Cumberland County Schools and Board of Education
Cape Fear Valley Health
Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Public Works Commission
Town of Hope Mills
Town of Spring Lake
Longleaf Pine REALTORS