Partnership plan to be unveiled

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

WARRENTON — Commissioners in Warren County see a plan for a small town partnership when they meet for a work session this evening.

Developed by Warrenton Town Manager Robert Davie, the plan calls for five small towns in eastern North Carolina to join in promoting their unique assets. Edenton, Murfreesboro, Halifax and Hillsborough have joined with Warrenton in a cooperative effort to attract visitors by issuing “passports” that lead them to historic sites as well as local businesses.

With the slogan, “History Worth Repeating,” each town will promote its historic examples — whether it is the Halifax Resolves, Edenton’s Roanoke River Lighthouse or Warrenton’s historic homes — to attract tourists and new businesses.

The anticipated initial budget for the project is $20,000, with $4,000 coming from each participant. In a letter to the board of commissioners, Davie said the Warrenton town board approved $2,000 and requested a like amount from the Warren County Economic Development Commission’s budget. Commission Chairman Brady Martin submitted a letter to the board that said the commission voted to support Warrenton’s request for $2,000 from the EDC tourism budget.

The work session begins at 6 p.m., is open to the public and will be held at the Warren County Armory Civic Center.

The commissioners will also hear a proposal by Paul McKenzie, an agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, to create a Warren County Local Food Policy Council. The purpose would be to encourage Warren County residents to buy locally raised food to support the county’s agriculture industry. The council would identify barriers to local consumption of local produce and develop strategies to promote Warren County homegrown products.

In other business, the board will receive:

• An update on aquatic plant management on Lake Gaston by Brett Hartis of the Aquatic Extension Association.

• A hazard communication overview by Emergency Services Director Doug Logan.

• Reports on the senior center, tax administration and clerk to the board.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.