4-14-2021 – Hudson receives aid from state

Posted on: April 14th, 2021 by admin

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April 14, 2021

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By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

Apr 13, 2021  Top of Form

 

Hudson is among 10 communities in North Carolina that will receive support from the state to aid in their economic recovery, Governor Roy Cooper said in a press release.

 

The Town of Hudson Steering Committee is collaborating with the N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center and N.C. Hometown Strong, a state initiative that aids rural communities, to develop a recovery plan in Hudson for small business support, economic improvement and recruitment, said Patrice Bethea, deputy communications director for the N.C. Department of Commerce.

 

The plan, part of the state’s Community Economic Recovery and Resiliency Initiative, will emphasize economic resiliency and downtown revitalization in efforts to help Hudson and others recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bethea said.

 

To gauge what help Hudson needs, state officials will interview local business owners to determine the economic, social and physical impacts of the pandemic, Town Manager Rebecca Bentley said. The state will then collaborate with business owners to come up with plans for recovery and decide how to implement them, she said.

 

Much of the funding for these plans will be drawn from the Department of Commerce’s normal budget, although there will be other sources of funding as well, Bethea said.

 

She said that the goal of CERRI in Hudson is to support the town in any capacity they can.

 

The plan “will help Hudson complete a community assessment of the impacts of the pandemic on the local economy, future economic growth opportunities, a local economic recovery strategy, a plan of work and it will help Hudson implement its recovery strategy for downtown revitalization,” she said.

 

Hudson is still in the early planning stages, Bentley said. More information will be available once plans are in motion this summer. The downtown revitalization project is expected to be completed by the end of July.

 

Reporter Carmen Boone can be reached at 828-610-8723

 

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