North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Dr. Sharon Decker’s talk to Mount Airy Rotary members centered “Mount Airy does matter in the whole scheme of things.”
The secretary was the featured speaker at the regular noon meeting of the group at Cross Creek Country Club on Tuesday.
Decker had previously visited Mount Airy earlier this year to bestow the “Certified Retirement Community” award on the city. Rotary spokesperson Ann Vaughn said she believes the two visits confirmed Decker’s interest in promoting Mount Airy as an important part of the economic development picture in the state of North Carolina.
Decker said there are five tenets of economic progress necessary for growth: superior medical facilities; successful educational facilities; incentives conducive to attracting new businesses; balanced offerings in the areas of arts, tourism and culture; and a high quality of life in the community.
Decker emphasized Mount Airy citizens should continue to focus on these tenets “in order to facilitate the proactive recruitment of new businesses, new families, and new retirees and pay attention to those existing citizens and businesses that have been a mainstay of the community over the years.”