Editorial: Things Rowan must be thankful for this year – Salisbury Post

With Thanksgiving Day Thursday, here are a few things we can be thankful for in Salisbury, County Rowan and Kannapolis:

• Green bell tower

It’s easy. The park brought a beautiful landscape to the city center and provided a valuable resource for play and recreation. It regularly attracts visitors of all ages and from all walks of life. The park is a defining landmark for Salisbury, and it has provided exactly what its creators hoped for – “the place where our community comes together to celebrate, connect and engage.”

It is now up to the city government and local residents to take care of the park for future generations.

• A much faster pace of economic development in 2021 than at any other time in recent memory

Census data shows Rowan County’s population grew 6% over the previous decade – from 2010 to 2020. But the pace of development so far means that growth is likely to be higher over the next decade. current decade. From Rockwell to western Rowan County, real estate developments are growing at a rapid pace.

Job growth seems to follow the population. The announcement in 2019 that Chewy.com would open a distribution center was unprecedented – more than 1,200 jobs and tens of millions of dollars in investment. China Grove may be on the cusp of another Chewy-sized development. China Grove County Commissioners and City Council have approved tax incentives for a project that promises 1,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment. The Rowan County Economic Development Council also says the jobs are likely to have an average salary equal to or higher than the region’s average $ 44,000.

With a growing population and a growing economy, local governments will have more tax revenue to fund schools and public services.

• The start of Minor League Baseball at the Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis

The redevelopment of downtown Kannapolis was a success even before 2,487 fans made it to Atrium Health Ballpark for the first game, but the Cannon Ballers season was the cornerstone of the development. So it was important that baseball begin in the redeveloped downtown.

Moving from a stadium adjacent to I-85 to downtown made the Minor League Baseball experience more enjoyable in Kannapolis, provided a unique venue for other events, and complemented the experience of the downtown. As the developers complete their vision, downtown Kannapolis will only get better.

• The impressive teamwork and coordination required for the mass vaccination clinics at West End Plaza

When federal authorities accepted the COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, a consortium of local government agencies worked together to make the former parking lot of the former Salisbury shopping center a site for mass vaccination. Whether it was the county IT staff, the health department, emergency services, or the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the clinics required a small army of people. There were some hiccups early on, with long lines of cars spanning Statesville Boulevard, but workers created a well-oiled machine with help from the City of Salisbury’s Traffic Engineering Department.

• The return of certain major community events after an interruption induced by COVID

The community calendar wasn’t as busy as a pre-pandemic year, but there were a few local must-sees including the Faith Fourth of July, Rowan County Fair, Farmers Day in China Grove, and Autumn Jubilee. This week, the Christmas Parades of Salisbury and South Rowan County will join the list. Hopefully the Cheerwine Festival and Pops at the Post can make a comeback in 2022.

• The perseverance of small businesses during a difficult pandemic

After closings, capacity limitations and stay-at-home orders in 2020, businesses have been struggling to get back to normal this year. While some have fallen victim to the pandemic and others are still trying to return to pre-pandemic income, the community should be grateful that so many institutions in the region have survived and that new efforts have been made. have started.

• State Championships at local high schools during seasons altered by COVID-19.

The girls from Carson High School won a basketball championship. Salisbury High won a football championship. The Knorr twins of Salisbury High won the State Swimming Championships. Jacob Cox of South Rowan and Oren Bost of East also won wrestling championships.

Like many tight-knit communities, high school sports are often found at the epicenter of local life in Salisbury and County Rowan. Even those without a direct connection to local high schools should be thankful for the excellence among the region’s young athletes.

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