What is Growing Rowan?

“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.”

Nine critical focus areas have been identified for Growing Rowan:

• Workforce Development
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Target Clusters
• Education
• Community Infrastructure
• Next-Generation Philanthropy
• Branding
• Business Climate
• Telling our Story

The forum will be held on Friday, June 23, at the West End Plaza Event Center (old JC Penney’s) from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Attendees will learn more about the nine focus areas and then given the opportunity to join a strategy team that most closely aligns with their talents, experience, and interests.

Speakers include:

Donnie Charleston, Economic Policy Director from the Institute for Emerging Issues,
will present a study called “Future Shock:  NC’s Demographic & Technological Storm.”

Steve Chandler, branding strategist at Chandler Thinks,
will present insights on Rowan County’s future.

Rod Crider, new Rowan Works President and CEO,
will discuss his vision for Rowan’s economic future and present plans for his first 100 days as the new head of Rowan County’s EDC.


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