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A proposed economic development project is taking root in Moore County, though details are scant at this point.

Called “Project Woodpecker,” the Moore County Board of Commissioners have called a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the business development effort.

The move by commissioners to bring the project to light follows a series of closed sessions they’ve held since early March 2020.

Pinehurst Village Council members have also met behind closed doors several times since mid-March to discuss an economic development proposal.

There has been no official word whether the two projects are related.

Pat Corso, executive director of Partners in Progress, Moore County’s economic development office, said it was inappropriate for him to comment on the proposed projects at this time.

In a July telephone interview with The Pilot, County Chairman Frank Quis acknowledged that local officials have been working under a confidentiality agreement.

“What I can say is that I am optimistic about a couple of projects in Moore that seem to be moving forward. It is important that elected officials are forthright to the extent you can be.”

(5) comments

ken leary

Project Woodpecker, secrecy, "inappropriate" to discuss, confidentiality agreement, i'm on tenterhooks.

Kent Misegades

Anyone remember the Epicenter heavy metal rock concert in May 2019, a huge money-losing flop touted by area economic developers and this paper? What always happens when government tries to act like a business spending other people’s money. From the May 3rd edition:

“They were instrumental in bringing this event to Rockingham and have put Richmond County back on the map. These guys were looking at numerous venues and could have gone anywhere on the East Coast,” he said.

Richmond economic developer Martie Butler said the whole community and local business owners have bought in, “and we are thrilled about it.”

“This is not something we in Richmond County can do alone. We’ve had great partners with Moore and Scotland counties. Those two communities have been extremely involved and helpful.”

Kent Misegades

Sounds like more taxpayer funded corporate welfare is about to be showered on some company. The best thing government can do to promote economic development is to get out of the way of free markets - lower taxes, reduce regulations and bureaucratic red tape, provide universal school vouchers instead of government schools and then just let free markets work their magic. Stop paying for people not to work.

Dan Roman

Kent Misegades The Pilot/Pinehurst Pinocchio regurgitates more outmoded right wing economic nonsense : have to wonder if when he reads something where is the brain between his eyes and his fingers typing away

Barbara Misiaszek

Job creating economic development development is exactly what Moore County needs. Good luck getting these projects done.

John Misiaszek

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