North Carolina plans for more local businesses in rural areas

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The state is helping growth in the community through local grants.

Eastern North Carolina is no stranger to talking about economic development. Greenville is growing and some growth is from Greenville’s business plan competition grant.

‘The Greenville Times’ became the very first recipient of the grant years ago.

Ryan Webb, the owner The Greenville Times said, “It was a very exciting experience. We had just came into the neighborhood. There wasn’t a lot going on in the extensive corridor at that time.”

The City of Greenville approved these funds to entice small business owners to locate in town.

Webb said what he got opened his eyes to more opportunities.

“You have to step out there and take a risk to come into these areas. And that risk has gotten a lot less over the past few years, especially because these are the areas where people want to come into now,” said Webb.

Pat Mitchell, North Carolina commerce official,  said this is exactly what they want to hear.

“A great deal of what gets done in a community is when there is good relationships partnerships, collaboration in a community and those kinds of programs can help accomplish that,” said Mitchell, who said to look up the community development block grant, programs like building renovation and the industrial building renovation.

These can help you liven up your rural areas.

“You see a property that looks better than it did before. It builds pride in a community and people want to be there and people want to have their business there,” said Mitchell

So, more businesses like ‘The Greenville Times’ can come to stay.

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