The official kick-off to the STEP (Small Town Economic Prosperity ) program to Rutherfordton began Friday at 5:30 pm on the courthouse lawn. Friends, citizens, volunteers, and politicians all gathered to begin the process of collaborating on a plan for economic prosperity for Rutherfordton.
The Ole 74 Jazz Band played from the courthouse steps to a vibrant crowd. Residents and friends of Rutherfordton had the opportunity to provide input to the needs of the town as well as meet those spearheading the project. Chilton Rodgers from the North Carolina Rural Center serves as the coach for the process. Cindy Adair of the Town of Rutherfordton and RTR staff coordinates the meetings for Rutherfordton.
The crowd enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, cobbler, cookies, music and a children’s inflated castle all as part of the outdoor activities. As Mayor Dancy decreed, the rain stopped by 4 PM.
Those who attended the formal training for the STEP process are: Cindy Adair, Sallie Cowan, Doug Grondahl, Frankie McWhorter (for John McWhorter), Mayor Jimmy Dancy, and Town Manager Karen Andrews.
Other committees are forming. Those working on the Team Mission Statement are: Lynn Hegeman, Aaron Perry, Sallie Cowan, Larry Gregg, John McWhorter, and Brian Rathbone.
The Community Profile Development committee is comprised of Joe Simmons, Christy Bare, Terry McEntire, Ben Edwards, Nick Walton, Barbara Whiteside, and Cindy Adair.
Many thanks to all that attended, volunteered, worked, or played for the community. Special thanks to Joe Simmons who loaned his camera for photos.
The next meeting is Monday, August 27 at 5:30 pm in the Woodrow Jones Community Center on Main Street Rutherfordton. Come even if you don’t know anyone. Come to meet others who want this town to prosper and offer the small town benefits to us all.