In 2012, the town of Roseboro began looking into the future of the western Sampson County town. Tuesday night, the N.C. STEP committee and businesses around town celebrated the successes that have been brought in the last three years.
As a culmination to the N.C. STEP program, businesses and key players in implementing the program and utilizing the funds, joined for a special dinner featuring the many restaurants Roseboro has to offer.
“We are celebrating tonight,” Roseboro mayor pro tem and N.C. STEP committee member Alice Butler said as she welcomed everyone. “We still have a lot to do.”
The goals of the program were to create conditions and activities that will ultimately result in job and wealth creation, improved standard of living and quality of life for the community’s residents, and additional public and private investments in the town and vicinity.
Nine businesses in Roseboro provided Tuesday night’s dinner, which included everything from southern cuisine to Chinese and Mexican food. Contributing the food were Eastern Chinese, El Cazador, Hardee’s, Hunter’s Cafe, Piggly Wiggly Deli, Railroad Street Steakhouse, Subway, Tony’s Store and Grill and Food Lion.
“We are very blessed in this small town to have the variety of food we have,” Butler said. “We know Roseboro has wonderful cooks and delicious food.”
A vision of the N.C. STEP committee was to see Roseboro as a center of community activity with a busy downtown area and quiet neighborhoods for residents to live.
“We did a lot of dreaming in our vision,” Butler added.
Roseboro is a gateway community, being centrally located to Fayetteville, Raleigh and Wilmington and is home to approximately 1,200 residents.
Through the N.C. STEP program, the town has been able to implement First Friday activities, Movie Night, in addition to plans for a splash pool and multi-purpose building in the future.
“We have everything you need right here in Roseboro,” Butler said. “Roseboro has the potential to serve many more businesses.”
As part of the strategies for growth in the town, the Leadership Team developed a new website for the town, added a town Facebook page, designed a new logo and erected new banners and signs.
Roland Hall, member of the N.C. STEP Leadership Team, praised the community for their support in pushing the N.C. Department of Transportation to put an overpass at the intersection of N.C. 24 and 242.
“The business people came to the table and elected officials stepped up to the plate,” Hall said about those who were instrumental in fighting for the change.
While members of the N.C. STEP committee deem the program a success, Hall said Roseboro still has room to grow.
“Roseboro is open for business,” Hall said. “If you are about growing, the town will hold on.”
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