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Farmville looking to bring people, new businesses to town

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FARMVILLE, N.C. - Attracting people to a small town can be challenging.

But one town in Pitt County has a plan to bring in people and businesses.

The Town of Farmville, the Chamber of Commerce, and local business owners are using their resources to bring in new stores to the area. 

Mayor, Etsil Mason,  says one of the ways the town is trying to bring in new business is creating a two year plan. It’s something the town did not have for the last few years. 

"Bringing new businesses is number one on the plan,” said Farmville mayor Etsil Mason. “Making people understand that is a great place to live, making Farmville a place of destination. This is our first goal."

In the last two months, six new businesses have opened their doors in downtown and around Farmville.
Mason says another part of the plan is expanding the parks and recreation department so young families will want to raise their kids in Farmville. 

The town is also getting some help from the community. A group of four downtown business owners have come together to form "The Farmville Group." The group meets weekly to share their  resources and ideas about ways to attract new business.                                             

"Took an inventory about what's happening, what's good, what is working, and where the are gaps. That's where we're concentrating on, finding to fill those gaps," said business owner, Todd Edwards.                                                                                                                               

Edwards says another goal of the group is to encourage current businesses to keep storefronts attractive and see if their are any ways to expand their products or services.


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