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City of Mt. Holly holds Strategic Vision event

The FROGS (Friends of the Greenway) group was represented at the Mt. Holly Strategic Vision event by members Anne Hinkle, Jim Hinkle, Janice McCrorie (FROG suit), and Randi Moore.
Photos by Alan Hodge

The City of Mt. Holly rolled out its Strategic Vision plans and dreams last week at an event held in the Grand Hall of the Municipal Complex. The Strategic Vision Plan Kick-Off was the culmination of a one-year process that explored Mount Holly’s core community values and its vision for the City’s future.

The evening saw community groups as well as City of Mt. Holly set up tables with plenty of information of what they are doing now and in the future to keep the town on top of growth as well as provide citizens with a great quality of life in the present.

The event was open to the public, and free refreshments were served. 

Mt. Holly’s planning director, Greg Beal, had this to say about the event.

“This is a kickoff of the City’s vision and we wanted to get the public involved,” he said. “I think it should be an annual event.”

Several Mt. Holly city council members were on hand. Perry Toomey observed the larger number of citizens at the event.

“People are very interested in the direction the city is headed and what new things are coming up,” he said.

City manager Danny Jackson was also upbeat about the program.

“This is great,” he said. “The people finally get to see what the city will look like in the future.”

A perfect example of what Jackson referred to was in the form of several large maps and other graphics that illustrated future locations for such things as greenways and other amenities including a possible bicycle/pedestrian crossing on the NC27 bridge over the Catawba River. Mt. Holly assistant planner Briam DuPont was at that display and it had a steady stream of interested folks examining the information.

The Stowe FamilyYMCA was also on hand with a booth showing plans for expansion at its facility. YMCA CEO Sharon Padgett explained a bit about what the Y has in store.

“We will have a larger child care space, an outdoor water park, a larger fitness are, and perhaps a youth wing,” she said. “It will be beautiful.”

The Gaston Regional Chamber table was staffed by Angie Saunders and Paige Sigmon with the Mt. Holly Chamber.

“This event provides good visibility for the Chamber as well as the City of Mt. Holly,” said Saunders.

Other groups that had displays at the Strategic Vision get-together include Tarheel Trailblazers. Mt. Holly Parks and Rec., Mt. Holly Farmers Market, Mt. Holly Community Garden, Arts on the Greenway, and Friends of the Greenway (FROGS).

Overall, the Strategic Vision program provided plenty of information on Mt. Holly in a very interesting and transparent format that everyone seemed to enjoy a lot.