Pitt County discusses public, private partnership to improve economic development

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A local county government is thinking about partnering with private investors to improve economic development.

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners is still discussing a proposed model that would combine government money with private money to attract new industries to the county.

County Commissioners say a partnership with private investors could be more efficient than it is right now... and help economic growth by bringing new industries to the county.

Saturday's meeting was an opportunity for commissioners and county residents to learn more about how a public-private partnership could be put in place.

Commissioners heard a presentation on one model between Nash and Edgecombe counties that has been in place for more than 20 years.

A partnership in Pitt County would not necessarily work exactly how that one does, but commission chair Beth Ward says it's good to start looking at options to increase industry all over the county.

"All we're trying to do is to develop this so that all of our municipalities will be a a part of it and the private sector," Board Chair Beth Ward said.

Commissioners shared a variety of perspectives on the proposal. One point brought up was that even though this plan would be about bringing industries to the county, some said they might want small businesses to be included in the partnership as well.

Pitt County has not set a date for it's next work session. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for February 18th at 6 pm