Members of the Construction Professionals Network Institute (CPNI) guided a community discussion on Tuesday, March 27 focused on identifying strategies for redevelopment of vacant structures in the town of Ramseur. The public event was held at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Ramseur, reported the Courier-Tribune.
The Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina (CPN) is a statewide, multi-disciplined and professionally diverse construction industry membership organization. It is a construction trade association which includes architects and designers, engineers, developers, constructors and sub-contractors, and related services professionals.
The institute was formed in 2006 by CPN to expand its mission of service to the construction industry and communities throughout North Carolina. CPNI focuses on research, education and community service. The institute focuses on revitalizing legacy built environment and infrastructure in North Carolina.
Members of the institute’s volunteer community team have made two investigative and assessment visits to Ramseur, meeting with community leaders and touring the town’s historic downtown and legacy industrial buildings.
The CPNI team sharee its perspective of the community’s legacy properties – downtown and industrial – and worked with the community to recognize its inherent community assets and resources. Community residents and CPNI team members compiled a list of redevelopment strategies and potential implementation steps in relationship to the community’s economic, environmental and social circumstances.
The CPNI assistance is an extension of Ramseur’s participation in the NC Small Towns Economic Prosperity (NC STEP) program, which is an economic development program of the N.C. Rural Center. NC STEP has three primary goals:
* Support economic recovery and revitalization in small towns.
* Implement a comprehensive model of technical assistance and grantmaking to aid revitalization.
* Inform the development of public policies that encourage the economic vitality of North Carolina’s small towns. Read More.