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Originally published: 2013-09-04 16:58:48
Last modified: 2013-09-04 16:59:32

Chamber supports park venture

Too often we reminisce about the past -- wishing to bring back the good old days, tolerating the present, caught up in the hectic pace of our daily lives and fantasizing about the future? This is not always the most productive use of our time and energy.

Have our county commissioners, like many of us, wished that their children and grandchildren would be able to find good paying jobs and lifelong careers right here in the High Country? 

Our generation has made the deliberate choice to make this our home -- why not create the same opportunity for the next?

Watauga County commissioners and the citizens of Watauga County have a real opportunity to do something today to significantly impact many tomorrows by investing in a job-producing business park.This will not be an overnight success. Few things are. There will be development hurdles to address. But it will be a huge investment in the future, and that is what one generation always hopes for the next-- leaving better options for future generations.

After hearing the due diligence report from McGill Associates, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supports the purchase of the site on N.C. 194. Purely as an investment, the price justifies the purchase. But for its potential future contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of Watauga County, it might prove to be priceless.

Jason Triplett, board of directors chairman, Mike Holzworth, government relations, Gillian Baker, business development, Dan Meyer, president, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce