Tourism, EDC to meet with Spencer

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 10, 2012

By Emily Ford
SPENCER – Tourism and economic development officials will meet with Spencer leaders Tuesday to talk about business recruitment and promotion of the N.C. Transportation Museum, among other topics.
The Spencer Planning Board and Board of Aldermen will gather at 6 p.m. at Town Hall to hear from James Meacham, executive director for the Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Robert Van Geons, executive director for RowanWorks Economic Development.
The regular town board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
During the 6 p.m. meeting, Meacham and Van Geons will update leaders on initiatives targeted toward the town of Spencer.
Meacham will discuss the recently adopted Tourism Master Plan and highlight marketing efforts to support and promote the transportation museum. He also will talk about the potential impact on Spencer of two new trolleys.
Van Geons will discuss ways RowanWorks can support Spencer, including marketing efforts, data resources, grant writing and business recruitment.
The Economic Development Commission offers computer-aided development modeling for potential industrial and retail sites within Spencer, and Van Geons will discuss its use.
Together, Van Geons and Meacham will explain how active partnerships between the Tourism Development Authority and the EDC can benefit Spencer. Possibilities include interactive touch kiosks and enhanced multi-media and social media strategies, Van Geons said.
“We both look forward to answering questions and discussing creative ways we can work with the town to achieve their development goals,” Van Geons said.
Following that discussion, the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting includes:
• Departmental reports
• Town manager report
• Public comment
• Request to use Library Park by the Michael Yang Foundation
• Discussion of rental properties
• Amendment to the pawnshop ordinance
• Position reclassificationContact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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