Local community leaders gathered recently for KickStart's grand opening ceremony. (Pictured, from left to right: Misty Herget, First South Bank Market Executive Jeremy Dickinson, N.C. Sen. Norman Sanderson, Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones, Connect Carteret Co-Chair Christina Fulcher and Will Rogers, Connect Carteret member).
"This innovative project will provide a number of long-term economic advantages for local entrepreneurs," Herget said. "Connect Carteret really came together and invested a lot of time and energy to assess the needs of the community, and design a project to meet those challenges."
Connect Carteret is a program of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, which received the grant.
The New Generation Leaders program awarded $20,000 grants for a series of community endeavors. Additional New Generation Leaders projects:
Avery County Schools — Sponsored a college scholarship for a student planning to return to Avery County.
Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension — Supported a summer food program and a summer camp program, in addition to remodeling a community basketball court.
Harnett County — Started a community farm stand. Local youth have a community garden and are growing and selling produce to the broader community.
Haywood County — Designed and placed informational, educational and wayfinding signs and marketing materials for the county's greenway system.
Maysville — In progress.
River City Community Development Corporation — Planted five community gardens in neighborhoods with lower access to fresh produce.
Mt. Airy Professionals of Surry County — Revitalized a downtown alleyway to include seating, planters, lights and a stage.