MCLI Kicks Off in Robbins, NC for February Session

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February 18, 2019
Southern Pines, NC – Moore County Leadership Institute (MCLI) visited the Town of Robbins Wednesday February 13th, with the intention of leaving well versed in the rich history of Robbins and the vision for the downtown area.  MCLI Participant David Lambert, Town Manager of Robbins welcomed the class by announcing the Town of Robbins had received a grant in the amount of $500,000 that occurred that very morning. “Robbins has a long way to go,” David stated, “But this is a small step in the right direction for us and it provides an opportunity to turn somethings around.” Gerard Rizdon, AICP Sr. Program Manager with RAMBOLL ENVIRON Int'l Corp. educated the class on the history of the area and some of the many challenges Robbins continues to face following the devastation of hurricane Florence.
The students of North Moore High School, under supervision of Matthew Cox the Career Development Coordinator and Agri-Science Educators Bradley and Holly Kidd toured the MCLI participants through the school grounds, enlightening them on the importance of Agri Science and Horticulture.  The students of North Moore HS provided insight to the MCLI class on the impact of this program and the vital role it plays for the northern end of Moore County.  By demonstrating this component of high school education in the agriculture industry participants were able to gain further insight on the importance of the agriculture industry overall to the Moore County economy. 
Following a catered lunch provided by Salt and Pepper Catering Company, the MCLI also visited From the Ground Up Pottery by Michael Mahan where they were provided a hands-on education on the rich history of pottery in the Robbins area and impact economically to the County. The day concluded with Town Commissioner and local small business owner Joel Boswell, who expressed “that the most important thing to know about Robbins is that it’s not Robbins that is special, it’s the people who live here that make it what it is.” Commissioner Boswell toured the MCLI Class through the downtown area of Robbins. The class witnessed the growth and revitalization of the area as well as inquired about the future vision, that is Robbins Rising.
MCLI graduates are recognized across the county as leaders in their industries and organizations.  They have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.  To know more about MCLI and the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally please contact Jana Volitis, Director of Operations, Moore County Chamber of Commerce at jvolitis@moorecountychamber.com or by calling 910.692.3926.


The mission of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce is to foster a vibrant business community.  They provide quality, value-added services and programs to members to unite Moore County area businesses in a committed effort to strengthen the economic environment and thus, improve the quality of life for all of Moore County.  With over 700 members the Chamber is instrumental in Connecting Commerce and Community and exists to help strengthen the local economy and promote and preserve a quality of life that is second to none