Town of Maxton
Maxton’s economy has stalled in the past several years. The loss of several factories, including a knitting mill that once employed 1,500, cost Robeson and neighboring Scotland County more than 10,000 jobs. The loss of the local high school to consolidation dealt yet another blow. Maxton is fighting back by focusing on downtown revitalization and entrepreneurial development.
Snapshot before NC STEP
Maxton launched a downtown revitalization campaign and received National Historic Register designation in 1999. Private donations enabled restoration of the historic Patterson Building, which is now used as the town hall. Two parks, new street lamps, new sidewalks and improvements to several building facades further spruced up downtown.
The results so far have been mixed. Some small businesses moved in, but an old freight building that was renovated for a restaurant remained vacant. A few houses were built, but the real estate market was depressed overall, and many of the grand old homes in towns were still vacant or deteriorating.
Goals through NC STEP
As part of NC STEP, Maxton’s community leadership team has identified several goals and strategies for economic development, focusing on downtown revitalization and entrepreneurial development. Some of the projects the town is pursuing include a business district marketing program, a façade improvement grant program, mini-seed grant program for new businesses and an entrepreneur support network.
Just as important, Maxton wants to build its leadership capacity for long-term economic development by strengthening skills and creating a committed leadership team.
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Hundreds of townspeople, young and old, turned out for Maxton’s NC STEP kick-off event. Through NC STEP, Maxton is bringing back to life an earlier revitalization campaign that led to restoration of the historicPatterson Building and its use as the town hall.