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In Case You Missed It: News of Interest from Around North Carolina (Week of November 9, 2017)

Fayetteville wants a new brand – Business NC

“Fayetteville’s downtown brims with leafy trees, loft apartments, busy local restaurants, an art-house movie theater and one of North Carolina’s most historic buildings, the 185-year-old Market House. The scene consistently surprises out-of-towners, says Ralph Huff, the region’s largest homebuilder. Many visitors arrive with a negative image of the city based on perceptions of crime, unplanned sprawl and a transitory military culture…  Business leaders in the state’s sixth-largest city know it has a branding problem rooted in years of slowing growth and a reliance on the region’s massive military installation…  After Cumberland County’s population grew by more than 25,000 in each of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the pace has slowed over the last decade and a half…  Fort Bragg, the area’s dominant economic force, has benefited from federal consolidation of Army operations, but Fayetteville has struggled to attract new employers not affiliated with the military and replace manufacturing jobs in textiles and other traditional industries.  To stimulate growth, more than 100 business, government and institutional leaders are backing efforts to make the city more inviting to visitors and residents…  “At one time, people moved to where the jobs were,” says former Mayor Tony Chavonne, a Fayetteville native who is a key civic booster. “Now, people go to where they want to live, and the good jobs follow them to those communities.””

Marion meat plant closes near Thanksgiving, threatening poultry business – Citizen-Times [Asheville]

“[A]sheville's closest small poultry-processing facility has closed, leaving farmers in six states scrambling to fill holiday orders, with the nearest U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved slaughterhouses in Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas and Alabama.  Some farmers say that, as a result, the future of local poultry may be in jeopardy. Cool Hand Meats, which provided Animal Welfare Act-approved and USDA-inspected slaughter and processing services from the Foothills Pilot Plant facility in Marion, shut its doors last month for lack of capital, according to owner Amanda Carter. "Farmers need to demand more money out of the customers if they're going to make this extremely unique, high-welfare product work," she said. "But it doesn't matter if we hug the chicken if we can't reduce the brutality throughout the supply chain."”


  • 13 November 2017
  • Author: Brett Dyson
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