County commissioners and leaders from nine other counties gathered in Yadkin County on April 5 for a district meeting of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
“We go every year to the district meeting and this is the first time it’s been in Yadkin County,” said Commissioner Kevin Austin, chairman of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners. “It’s a real thrill and an honor to host it this time. Having our conference center here [in the agriculture building] is key to that.
“We’re looking forward to showing off Yadkin County,” Austin added.
Thirty-two attendees participated in the meeting held in the Agriculture and Education building at the Yadkin Center of Surry Community College in Yadkinville.
Austin welcomed attendees to the meeting, where guests enjoyed a meal from Taste of Italy. He also shared some of the history of the county, particularly how the agriculture building came to be.
The association’s theme for the year is “re-imagine your county’s possibilities.” Austin shared that by working with other partners, a long-time promise to the local farmers was finally upheld.
Some years ago, Austin explained, county leaders promised farmers that if they would not fight a tax increase they would build a new agriculture building.
“They were let down,” Austin said. But the current board, at last, was able to uphold that promise, he said.
“We did so by bringing a lot of unlikely partners together,” Austin said.
He explained about the founding of the Yadkin Early College High School, a partnership between the county school system and Surry Community College. He encouraged other county leaders to look for partnerships in their own counties to help accomplish projects to better their regions.
County leaders also had the opportunity to report on their success stories and issues they are working on as well as share concerns they want to see addressed by the NC General Assembly.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.