“The cities and towns of North Carolina are adept at creating lasting change. Sometimes the projects are immense, while other times they are simply forward momentum and incremental improvements.

In Laurinburg , the city is leveraging the resources available to them. That includes leaning into the area’s new interstate corridor. Designated in 2013, the interstate construction has occurred in phases, but for City of Laurinburg Government, the effects are now being seen, even as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted some of the progress.

“We see this as an opportunity to enhance our retail business footprint and then to build off of that to create wider economic growth,” said Charles Nichols III, City Manager.

It’s an approach that is working. Over the past three years, despite the pandemic, Laurinburg has seen eight retail establishments begin operation, creating 124 jobs and generating nearly $12 million in annual sales.” – (Via the N.C. League of Municipalities Facebook page)

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