Editorial: Coming here should be an easy option

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Should true identifying factors ever take hold, sacrifice is going to be involved and hurt feelings will have to be absorbed.

That’s the reality of trying to solve the livelihood problem for so many in Vance County, Henderson and the surrounding area.

Our individual umbrellas are going to be needed. But the large umbrella of the region, business-wise tagged Triangle North, will have to go forth as the leader.

Right now, the four parks are empty, recent positive industry news for Granville County hasn’t included its park and we’re struggling to see genuine deep-rooted groundswell for cooperation.

We hope we’re wrong. Our previous opinion (“Sum of parts will resurrect our economy,” Sept. 25) has not changed in the need for unity.

We’ve seen or read about many communities that, in time, overhauled their approach and truly did revitalize. It might have been through a downtown approach or otherwise, but it does happen. The successful stories are tied through a couple of factors — they played to their current assets, and they played together.

Asking four counties and the municipalities within them to do that can be a bureaucratic headache of immense proportions. But word is already out about us. State commerce department officials recognize Triangle North as “ahead of the curve.”

We can’t stay there with lawsuits between our governments, no pinpoint leadership in our anchor project and a lack of unity in how we project ourselves. When Sharon Decker addressed the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission Tuesday, she explained concisely why companies choose locations. They like sites ready with low costs in quickly starting up; workforce availability; and incentives.

Companies like shopping with ease, even one which will physically check more than 70 sites. Either we hear the message collectively or face sad facts about where our community is headed.

We need to remove all the albatrosses. In any relationship, imperfections exist and will be found. Industries considering us will know us.

Urbanization tendencies of society are the norm. Our governor has three years, and might could have seven, remaining in office. There should be no reason our “model program,” as described by Decker, can’t be within his favorite pet projects, keeping us ahead of the curve.

For now, our region is at a crossroads.