'Moving Maggie Forward' moves forward

Business leaders invited to Thursday meeting
By Stina Sieg | Nov 13, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg Craig Madison, former CEO of The Grove Park Inn, is working with "Moving Maggie Forward," Mayor Ron DeSimone's plan to help make Maggie Valley come together. Above, Madison addresses Tuesday's Board of Alderman. The first "Moving Maggie Forward Meeting," open to local business representatives, is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

MAGGIE VALLEY — After months of research, planning and countless conversations across the valley, Maggie is about to move forward. At least that's the hope.

The first "Moving Maggie Forward" meeting, open to the town's business leaders, is slated for 5 p.m. this Thursday at town hall.

As Mayor Ron DeSimone put it, "Maggie Valley needs to come together."

He believes the town's first-ever business plan, the goal of the "Moving Maggie Forward" push, might just be the ticket. DeSimone has been talking about a comprehensive, valley-wide plan pretty much since he was elected in November of 2011. He wishes things had gotten off the ground sooner, he admitted, but sounded excited about being at the beginning of something that could possibly make a huge difference to the town he calls home.

Thanks to a $20,000 grant, and $5,000 from the town, former Grove Park Inn CEO Craig Madison has joined the cause. Also involved are Haywood Community College's Laura Leatherwood, Sharron Donahoe and Janis Allen, among others.

"The team we've got is perfectly suited for the job," DeSimone said.

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