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Posted Monday, February 4, 2013
Pittsboro, NC - Ten reasons to build the Chatham County Agricultural building in Siler City was presented at the Decemeber 17, 2012 meeting of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
1. Siler City is a better location to serve the farming population in the rural half of the county.
2. The County would have a clear presence in Siler City, rather than completely concentrated in Pittsboro.
3. A new agricultural center will make Siler City a positive destination for people who never drive west of Pittsboro, but who desire services, or classes, taught by Cooperative Extension.
4. It would assist Siler City’s downtown revitalization by establishing an office building in the core of the town. This will provide growth for restaurants and retailers, services and the arts community.
5. The County could purchase an industrial site…the County invests in land, this is no different because the land is in Siler City. A downtown building will dramatically improve the cityscape.
6. The Agricultural Center could provide a much needed public meeting space for Siler City. Today, there is NO public space for theater, public meetings, lectures, or any civic activity in except for the Town Hall Courtroom, which is often unavailable, or the very small Earl Fitts Center.
Also, the Siler City Community College Campus is not available for public use on weekends. In contrast, Pittsboro has the old Courthouse, and the facilities of the Community College Multipurpose Room, and perhaps even use of the new Justice Center for community gatherings. Siler City has no downtown indoor space as large as the Multipurpose Room for festivals, workshops, exhibits, or other civic-building activities. This could be remedied with the new agricultural center.
7. Building in Siler City will provide jobs and help local business.
8. Building an agricultural center in Siler City is more convenient to the stockyards and could provide opportunities for Ag staff to have livestock exhibitions and training. Livestock are often transported around Siler City and, unlike Pittsboro, this is a welcome sight.
9. Siler City is committed to revitalizing the town through the NC Rural Center’s NC STEP program of bottom-up citizen engagement. This would show faith in Siler City’s regeneration.
10. Your favorable consideration of Siler City would go far extending a hand to erase the east-west divide that has plagued this County for years.
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