A new issue of Southern City magazine, a League quarterly publication, is out with 45 pages of rich coverage and features that matter to the state's 540-plus cities and towns. On the cover of this issue is Salisbury City Council Member (and former mayor) Karen Alexander, who discusses her background, local priorities, how Salisbury has changed over the years, and how philanthropy isn't always monetary. Rep. Gale Adcock of Cary, a former city council member, is also featured in a Q&A that brings out her community health-focused outlook on government and economic development along with a reflection on why she moved from municipal office to the state legislature. The 2020 Census, open data programs, creative community policing and advocacy goals are among other topics explored in the new Southern City, available for online reading at nclm.org/southerncity.
The 2019 N.C. Main Street Conference, billed as "the state's premier gathering for downtown revitalization and development," is set for March 12-14 in Salisbury. The theme this year is "Time. Talent. Money." and will explore how those elements interact in downtown improvement. "The 2019 conference will offer attendees tools to help transform their downtown districts while allowing public-private partnerships to flourish, ways to help local businesses grow, and how to develop a comprehensive downtown program," says a press release. The event is put on by the N.C. Department of Commerce and its Main Street & Rural Planning Center, whose leaders expressed excitement in bringing it to Salisbury this year. Said Main Street Center Director Liz Parham, “Salisbury is the epitome of what a Main Street community is; a strong public-private partnership that develops innovative economic development strategies and initiatives, through the implementation of the Main Street Four-Point Approach." Registration and other information is at ncmainstreetconference.com.