For over a century, people from around the world chose our county to visit for recreation or to relocate here in retirement. Some were fortunate enough to move here to work and raise a family. Our past business, civic and elected leaders did an admirable job in planning for and maintaining that growth while recruiting new industry and jobs. Today Henderson County is in the enviable position of not only having tourists and retirees coming, but younger folks and middle-aged professionals seeking to move here for our quality of life.
That blessing becomes a challenge as it strains our existing infrastructure of roads, water, sewer, schools, law enforcement and fire fighters. And those are challenges that require leaders with the understanding of budgets, communication and collaboration; skills I have honed over the past 25 years in my professional and volunteer life.
Of course any leader worth their salt begins by understanding the challenges and listening . . . and that is just what I have been doing over the past several months as I began this process of deciding to run for County Commission.
We must work in collaboration, with our School Board, Sheriff Department, surrounding municipalities and NC DOT to make sure that we are on the same page in developing solutions. We must continue to be proactive in recruiting business and industry to our area in order to create and maintain good-paying jobs. And we must continue to be proactive it creating and maintaining those green spaces and other public areas that add to our quality of life.
Over the coming weeks, continue checking back as you will see much more detail on these and other priorities that we must address now if we are to continue to be a destination for the next 100 years.