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 Mecklenburg county leaders mapped out plans for economic development during a Thursday retreat. Board chairman, Trevor Fuller said it was a brainstorming session to plan for not only the next year, but the next decade. "I feel great about the next 10-years," he said.

In order to keep the area moving forward, commissioners said they'll need to turn their attention to building the workforce. "Small businesses and start ups are really key to continuing to see Mecklenburg County grow," said commissioner Matthew Ridenhour. The board said it plans to focus efforts on making it easier for start up companies to thrive in the region. County manager, Dena Diorio questioned, "what kind of programs can we put in place and what kind of resources can we provide?" She said the group discussed, "revolving loan funds and other kinds of grant programs that would give small businesses some start up money or other operational funding to help them get started."

Chris Woodrow experienced how tough it was to push past the red tape when he opened his wine bar, Vin Master, in South End three years ago. "It's a lot of steps and it's harder to find out what those steps are," he explained. Now that he's in business, he said he would like for county leaders to think of people like him, when they're making plans for the future. "Keep us in mind when they're thinking about taxes, revenue generation, and redoing streets."

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