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Rowan County begins ‘Growing Rowan’ Initiative to direct future growth with an all-day forum to be held Friday, June 23rd, at the West End Plaza (old JC Penny store), from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Citizens interested in working in one of the three areas or learning more about Growing Rowan are invited to attend.

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Craig Lamb, V.P., Corporate and Continuing Education, RCCC


Pete Teague, Dixon Hughes PLLC

Greg Edds, Chairman, Rowan County Board of Commissioners

Donnie Charleston, Economic Policy Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

“Future Shock: NC’s Demographic & Technological Storm”


Steve Chandler, Owner and Branding Strategist, Chandler Thinks

“Rowan’s Future: It’s up to You”

Rod Crider, President and CEO, Rowan Works EDC

“The Future of Economic Development in Rowan County”


The Growing Rowan Framework

Craig Lamb

The Declaration of Interdependence

Greg Edds

Strategy Teams

Craig Lamb

Wrap up and Close

Greg Edds


Check here for the latest updates on Growing Rowan.


Rowan County will host Growing Rowan community forum on June 23

Rowan County leaders will have a community meeting next month to mark the start of an effort known as Growing Rowan, and they’re looking for community involvement. read more…


Growing Rowan: A call for community collaboration

Why do some communities succeed while others fail? Why do communities with similar assets perform differently? Why do some communities rebound from economic hardship, while their counterparts continue to decline? read more…

“Growing Rowan” is…

an initiative created by a group of forward-thinking local leaders who believe it is time for Rowan County to create and implement a new vision, one that promotes an aggressive, dynamic, and growing economy, one that secures a positive future for all of our citizens.

We will be holding a community forum on June 23 to kick off a process called “Growing Rowan – Working Together Locally to Compete Globally.”


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