Havelock looks at economic development plan

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 02:26 PM.

He said that the quality of life in the city is hugely important, but more important are basic economic indicators such as the number of homes, and the number of families with children and their incomes.

Members of the planning board expressed a desire to hear specific ideas tailored to Havelock.

"I think it’s imperative that we develop a Havelock marketing plan that is completely independent from the county," said planning board member Brad Turner.

Mayor Jimmy Sanders expressed a desire to develop a plan that dovetails with the county plan.

"I would hope that we would be doing the Havelock package at the same time," he said. "I want to be part of that team. I want us to be part of what the county does and part of what the state does."

Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, said though Cherry Point is important, it’s not all there is to Havelock.

"We are not totally branded here in Havelock. We have previously been branded as a military community, but we need to diversify," she said.

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