July 19, 2012
In case you missed it yesterday -- I know I did -- the town of Robbins got the USA Today treatment yesterday.
The article is under the headline "Small N.C. town seeks post-textile turnaround" and relates the town's past strengths, its recent economic struggles and the path for future growth. It highlights companies such as Situs as what the northern Moore community could become.
The story says, in part: "Robbins is like scores of other textile mill towns across the Southeast, especially in North Carolina. As shuttering textile and apparel plants across the region drained the lifeblood from these towns, residents have struggled to reinvent themselves and communities have struggled to survive.
But now, many here are hoping that a local economic success story will herald a transformation for the town. It involves a preacher's wife who prayed for jobs, a local boy made good who opened a hometown branch of a global commercial real estate services firm, and the conversion of a once-vital old mill's headquarters into offices for that firm, now one of the town's largest employers."
This is exactly the kind of attention Robbins needed, and all of Moore County should be boasting on this and, more importantly, acting now to leverage the attention.
Here's the link to the whole story.