A group of civic leaders, officials, economic development experts and residents gathered last week in the City Council chambers to hear Roger Brooks discuss the importance of product development. Brooks is a tourism development expert and a motivational speaker.

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A group of civic leaders, officials, economic development experts and residents gathered last week in the City Council chambers to hear Roger Brooks discuss the importance of product development. Brooks is a tourism development expert and a motivational speaker.

Business: EC can build on its image, expert says

By William F. West

The Daily Advance

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Could Elizabeth City someday come up with a new brand or tweak the “Harbor of Hospitality” slogan to help make the seat of Pasquotank County more attractive to local residents, visitors and potential investors?

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Agreed

The blight along Riverside Avenue certainly needs to be improved. That is prime waterfront property that is clearly visible from the parks and boat slips on Waterside Ave. It doesn't present a good image to have a virtual boat junk yard in the heart of the town. Secondly, crime MUST be addressed. Police need to be very visible in neighborhoods and downtown area. Bike cops maybe? No businesses or residents will want to relocate to a city where there is that much crime in the heart of the downtown area such as the drive-by shooting at a vehicle on Halstead, multiple murders behind the museum, shootings at the IHOP, shootings at the gas station on Ehringhaus, shots being fired in neighborhoods, etc. etc. I realize that every city has crime but the downtown area has become the wild west. How can you build on that image?

don't forget the horrible schools

Don't forget the poor ranking schools. If anything that is holding the city back it is both crime and poor schools. Many would argue that the two are connected. I would have to add the very large indigent population to that as well. Then why would a business want to relocate here? Maybe cheap labor force but if it is uneducated, then training costs will be high. We can gripe all we want but at least the mayor with his 2020 plan is trying to do something in this alarmingly downward spiral the city seems to be on.

One move in the right direction

A good start to improving the image of Elizabeth City would be to make the owners of Elizabeth City Shipyard clean up their eyesore and environmental disaster area.

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