The downtown and business areas in Roseboro have grown over the last few years, but town officials are looking forward to gaining instruction on how to grow the area even more.
The Construction Professional Network Institute (CPNI), a non-profit initiative that volunteers and offers design and construction direction to communities in North Carolina, has chosen to visit Roseboro and discuss strategies to put vacant and underutilized buildings and other facilities to more productive use.
“We are honored that the CPNI group chose Roseboro,” mayor Alice Butler said. “These professionals will be able to put a fresh set of eyes on our town and give us some ideas of how to improve our town and keep moving forward.”
According to Butler, CPNI recruits construction professionals to share their design and construction industry expertise to help rural North Carolina communities. They choose one town each year to visit and make recommendations, and Roseboro is the choice for 2017.
The CPNI group of construction industry professionals will hold an informational workshop April 6-7 in town hall. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. on Friday. Volunteers will be coming from Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro to present strategies the town or local property and business owners can use to make the most out of their properties.
Prior to the presentation, CPNI will perform an assessment of the town’s buildings and infrastructure and then present the information and findings during the workshop.
Over the last few years, Roseboro town officials have worked to grow the western town, including expansion of the downtown and business areas. Construction of the new N.C. 24 leads motorists away from the town’s limits, but town officials are hoping to develop the area and attract motorists and visitors despite the road change.
“While they will be looking at our downtown, they will also be looking at the impact of the Highway 24 bypass and other areas around town,” Butler added.
The town is required to make a local commitment, attending a conference either in person or by telephone, organizing a group of community stakeholders to work with the CPNI team, arrange access to targeted sites, and allocate resources and support to complete the program.
The public is invited to attend this workshop, and according to Butler, no registration is required.
In June 2012, Roseboro was awarded the NC STEP funds of $125,000 to plan and implement projects in the town that would develop the local economy. During the utilization of those grant funds, town and committee officials directed the grant money towards long-term economic development.
During implementation of the NC STEP funds, the town worked to support businesses and improve real estate, discussed developing private housing, awarded grants to local businesses, redesigned the branding and logo for the town, as well as made strides to purchase five gateway signs and 10 way-finder signs.
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