At the regular monthly meeting on Thursday morning, the Anson Economic Development Corporation got a sneak peek at plans for a redesign of the town of Wadesboro’s website, which will include videos touting the town’s economic development, education and other areas that aim to draw more people to the town and county.
“Wadesboro and Anson County, we succeed and we fail together,” said Wadesboro Town Manager Alex Sewell. He explained that he is working with an organization that will produce a series of marketing videos for the town. The company previously worked with the town of Silverton, Ore., whose website is ranked as one of the best small town sites in the country, Sewell said.
He shared video clips from the Silverton website that focused on welcoming others to the town, education and economic development. “I’d like to get your input and hear things you’d like to see on our video,” he told the AEDC.
AEDC Chairman Chuck Horne responded that he’s been to that area of Oregon, “and from October to April, it’s miserable,” he said, adding that it rains nearly every day and the video producers did an amazing job of making the town look appealing.
“That’s what we need to do — focus on the positives,” Sewell said.
Dana Manness said he liked that the Silverton video focused on agriculture and the entrepreneurial spirit. “I’d put our agriculture and entrepreneurial spirit up against anyone,” he said.
Realtor Carroll Anderson suggested the video focus on the town’s hidden treasures. “A lot of our great things, people never see, because they’re hidden from the main highway,” she said.
Sewell said that he’s working with the company on scheduling now, and hopes to do the video in late summer or early fall.
The AEDC also talked about the upcoming Anson Economic Development Summit, planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Lunch will be provided, and the summit is co-hosted by the AEDC and South Piedmont Community College. SPCC president Dr. Stan Sidor said that the agenda is organic at the moment, and there will be flip charts at the summit so that notes can be taken, compiled and later shared with attendees and others.
Sen. Gene McLaurin was in attendance at the meeting, and said he’s looking forward to the summit. “There are a lot of things going on with economic development at the state level,” he said. “I’m here to be of any help I can to you all. That’s what I’m in Raleigh for — to be a resource.”
County Manager Lawrence Gatewood gave a brief update on the goings-on in county government. First, he reported on the new emergency services center, which is now open and operational, with the 911 Center scheduled to move in by April. The new animal shelter is also “on a fast track,” Gatewood said, and is also set to open in April.
The county has purchased the land for a new agri-civic center, and Gatewood said he plans to allocate $300,000 in the next fiscal year budget to begin the design process.
The Board of Elections has also moved into its new facility on Morven Road.
Gatewood said the county commissioners’ budget retreat on March 1 will also include a priority for finding new locations for the Department of Social Services, Elderly Services, the Health Department and ACTS.
The AEDC will next meet on March 20 at 7:30 a.m. at the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, 107-A E. Wade St., Wadesboro.