Economic Vitality

goal: attracting industrial prospects to the city and its economic region

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Duke Energy funded a Site-Readiness project for the former MillerCoors site. This was an exhaustive evaluation of the site’s strengths and weaknesses. The target industries recommended from the study include food and beverage, plastics and chemicals, aerospace and defense, and auto, truck, heavy machinery. As of mid-September 2019, companies in two of these target areas were considering the site.

Watch the video here.  


goals: continue to make progress on major infrastructure projects and
to continue to move forward with improving the city’s water extension to the berry hill mega park

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Water line project started in mid-August and will be completed by mid-August of 2020. The majority of the project costs were covered by grants. 



goal: promote commercial areas as small business job centers

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The following new businesses have either opened or will open within the next six months in Eden:

  • Reynolds Brewery (under plan review - opens October 2019)
  • Planet Fitness (opens by end of 2019)
  • Zips Car Wash (under plan review)
  • Ample Storage (located in former Walmart)
  • Southern Julep (downtown women’s clothing store)
  • The Company Store of Preppy Pirate Outfitters (opened in August)
  • Dancewear Boutique (moving and expanding on Washington Street)
  • Sophisticated Rubbish (former Full Moon Saloon location)
  • Revisited Vintage (across from David Price Auto Works)
  • Restaurant at corner of Patrick and Washington Streets (permit obtained - under construction)

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  • Entrepreneurship training:
    • City of Eden representatives, Rockingham Community College staff and Rockingham County Economic Development staff continue to meet to discuss the R.E.A.P. (Rockingham Entrepreneurial Assistance Program). 
      • Identifying clients for recruitment, targeted buildings and outlines for curriculum are main topics. The REAP would assist with objectives found for economic development in the Positively Eden Strategic Plan.
      • Plans are being made for the REAP to feed into a future local SCORE chapter involving the City, Eden Chamber, and county partners. 
      • Funding was allocated to cover costs of instructors and initial SCORE chapter costs



goal: encourage more outside dining  

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Grown & Gathered farm-to-table events: three of these events have taken place at the Spray Mercantile complex on the Barnett Canal. More than 90 people have partaken of locally grown, delicious food at each event. They have drawn attendees from far beyond Eden. One Charlotte couple decided to celebrate their anniversary at this event. If you have not attended one, be sure to get tickets for the next one. 

Call 336-623-2110, ext. 3021, for more information or visit Explore Eden NC



goal: develop a public arts plan and aim for one public art project annually

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  • Wire Art Sculptures: deer, rabbits, a squirrel, turkeys, a hawk, an owl, a crane and a fox can be seen at Grogan Park as part of the public art initiative funded by the Strategic Planning Commission. Visitors are seen daily photographing these creations which has added to this beautiful public park.

  • Karastan Carpet Mosaic: 2018 saw the 90th anniversary of Karastan Carpets being manufactured in Eden. Reidsville artist Teresa Phillips spent months creating a tile mosaic rendition of the famous Karastan #717 carpet. More than 37,000 tiles were part of this stunning "carpet" located at Grogan Park.

  • Otter Sculpture: the sculpture will be located in the middle of the Spray Traffic Circle so motorists can be reminded of the otter and its vital part in Eden's river ecosystem. Otters live along the banks of the Smith River. A few years ago, Eden adopted the otter as its mascot for RiverFest. Dan E. Smith is Eden's otter. The otter symbolizes friendship, peace and family, as well as being kind, social and mischievous. It is also the symbol of grace, empathy, happiness and never-ending curiosity.

  • Butterfly Trail: to complement the sunflower and wildflower field, the Smith River Greenway will include a butterfly trail in 2020 to welcome spring. The trail will consist of a kiosk listing the 31 native North Carolina butterflies, cards for visitors to keep count of the butterflies they encounter, painted butterflies in trees, a concentration of butterflies at the Eden Rotary Club lookout, two benches painted with butterflies and a large free-standing butterfly for photos.

  • Fire Hydrant Art: Eden and Rockingham County artisans have transformed many of the city's fire hydrants into creative works of art in Downtown Draper, Historic Downtown Eden and The Boulevard.