Community and Economic Development

Fayetteville-Cumberland: Pathways to Possibilities Project

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What is the Pathways to Possibilities Project?

This project is a community-wide planning process to involve a broad cross-section of the community in establishing a vision for the future of economic development in Cumberland County. The purpose of this planning process is to produce an economic development action plan that will help to position the communities in Cumberland County for impacts from BRAC and other economic, social and demographic trends.

Who is leading the effort?

A 20-member local Steering Committee is overseeing and guiding the Pathways to Possibilities Project. The Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the project and has engaged a consulting team to facilitate the planning process and to develop the final report. The consulting team includes faculty and staff from the University of North Carolina School of Government, Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics, Fayetteville Technical Community College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, and Regional Technology Strategies, Inc. (an economic development consulting firm based in Carrboro, North Carolina).

What is the schedule for the project?


Project Steering Committee

  • Larry Keen (chairman)
  • Bill Hurley
  • David McCune
  • Debra Mintz
  • Elsie Gilmore
  • James Flood
  • James Martin
  • Jim Konneker
  • John Meroski
  • Jon Parsons
  • Judy Hudson
  • Malcolm McFadyen
  • Mark Rowden
  • Mary M. Holmes
  • Paul Dordal
  • Robert R. Hines
  • Sara Piland
  • Steve Blanchard
  • Sylvia Ray
  • W.T. Brown
  • William Moreno

Project Calendar

  • Steering Committee Meetings, last Fridays of Month through September (8:30-10:30 am) at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Tony Rand Student Center
  • Interviews and Focus Groups (locations tbd)
    • April 16, 8a-8pm
    • April 17, 8am-8pm
    • April 21, 8am-8pm
    • April 22, 8am-8pm
    • May 1, 8am-2pm
    • May 2, 8am-2pm
  • Town Hall Meetings
    • April 29, 7-8:30pm, Spring Lake at FTCC Spring Lake Campus (Wellons Auditorium)
    • May 8, 7-8:30pm, Eastover at Eastover Community Center (4008 School Road)
  • Economic Summit
    • September 10th at Crown Coliseum. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Amber Quinn at the Fayetteville-Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, 910. 484.4242 x245, aquinn@fayettevillencchamber.org.

Contact Information

Will Lambe, Project Director, UNC School of Government, 919.966.4247, whlambe@sog.unc.edu

Chris Beacham, Project Manager, RTS, Inc., 919.933.6699, cbeacham@rtsinc.org

Meeting Notes and Presentations

May 30, 2008
Presentation (Powerpoint)
Preliminary Economic Base Analysis (PDF)

April 25, 2008
Meeting Notes (PDF | Word)
Presentation (PDF)

March 28, 2008
Presentation (PDF)

March 14, 2008
Meeting Notes (PDF | Word)
Presentation (PDF | Powerpoint)

June 27, 2008

Other Documents

Pathways “At a Glance” (PDF)

Spring Lake Town Hall Announcement, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

Eastover Town Hall announcement, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m.

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