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Old 07-31-2019, 08:19 AM
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Public-private partnership formally announced today - Daily Reflector

I’ll never understand our regions attraction to actively pursuing retail, but the overall partnership is exactly what was needed. We need an *concerted* effort to attract specific industry; think pharmaceutical, aerospace, medical technology or something along those lines. Personally (and officially), I want us attracting the green and sustainability industry. As far as I know, there isn’t a city in the US that has an industrial policy specified on attracting said industries. I can envision manufacturing sites North of the River or R&D offices near Millennium Campus. We could become world-class in the sense of those two industries.

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Captain Cone's Toy Exploratorium to close 8/31 per their Facebook page. Had been located at 4th St. and Evans uptown.
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:59 PM
 
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Shoppes at Covengton Crossroads





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Old 08-01-2019, 08:10 AM
 
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Public-private partnership formally announced today - Daily Reflector

I’ll never understand our regions attraction to actively pursuing retail, but the overall partnership is exactly what was needed. We need an *concerted* effort to attract specific industry; think pharmaceutical, aerospace, medical technology or something along those lines. Personally (and officially), I want us attracting the green and sustainability industry. As far as I know, there isn’t a city in the US that has an industrial policy specified on attracting said industries. I can envision manufacturing sites North of the River or R&D offices near Millennium Campus. We could become world-class in the sense of those two industries.
Be careful with having too narrow a focus. The problem with industrial recruitment is it is a hit or miss business that has a ton of competition including other countries. The State of NC still has too narrow an approach even after all of its misses...especially in the more rural areas.

What Greenville's regional capabilities are is through 1)Its young educational numbers because of ECU and Pitt and 2)the land/agricultural area surrounding Greenville and 3)Its relatively low cost of living. It doesnt have a bunch of big industries, it struggles against larger cities in its quality of life metrics...and it has a severely inadequate road infrastructure.

Entrepreneurship and small businesses is one way to grow economically. Industry is another. Medical and Educational have fueled Greenville's growth. And Retail has grown as Greenville became more of a regional center (no need to drive to Raleigh). I love the idea that Greenville can become a "great" college town...but also be THE regional leader. There is plenty of room to grow, but growth needs to be done right instead of urban sprawl.

IMO, the Millennial campus is where to start...the Dickinson corridor is your starting point and everything should build from there. Fix downtown Greenville into being its absolute best....with an Arts scene, entertainment scene, entrepreneurship scene...that is more cost effective than what they have in Charlotte, Wilmington or Raleigh. Get the Performing Arts center ECU wants to build so badly done, provide hotel incentives for downtown hotels. Help ECU build the Millennial campus by removing impediments. Weed out the crime, revitalize the public housing and nearby neighborhoods. Increase the quality of life in your urban core, increase your bike/pedestrian transportation options. Make Greenville a "Destination" city for locals, regionally, and put it on the map within the State and Eastern Seaboard.
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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A big win for a longtime uptown business:

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Old 08-02-2019, 07:47 AM
 
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Heard a rumor that Sheetz is going in where the old East Carolina Inn was on Stantonsburg. Anyone else hear this or able to confirm?
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Old 08-02-2019, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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^that would be a good location for them. There are construction fencing up around the corner of Greenville Blvd & 14th street, so something is going there. There was a rumor of a Sheetz going around that area many years ago...not sure what it'll be now.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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Good news from Mayor PJ Connelly on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/connellyforgreenville/

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Yes!!! The recently formed Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission lands the Regional USA Gymnastics Championship that will take place here in Greenville from April 17-19, 2020!!! This will bring an estimated impact of $2.1 million to our area as we welcome gymnasts from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina!!!

This is incredible news for Greenville and what a way to start off the newly formed commission!!!

#GreenvilleMeansBusiness
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Almost guaranteed we'll be landing a return visit from USA Ultimate and USA Rugby for Club and College Regionals as well. Paul's been doing great work, and now his entire role is to bring events like these to Greenville. We'll be hearing a lot more from the Sports Commission in the coming years.
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:57 PM
 
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Just saw this sign on the old Rucker Johns. Looks like another seafood restaurant is moving into the area.
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