Strength in community

Published 9:29 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tryon showed it has plenty of life left Monday night when more than 150 people came out to a collaborative meeting of business owners and community members willing to discuss ways to spur economic growth in the city.
Bringing to light Tryon’s SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) allowed many ideas to come forth.
Now the question is, “How do we put these ideas into action?” Tryon has great assets but those assets must be advertised far and wide, as well as here at home.
To keep Tryon alive and thriving, we all locally must shop in Tryon. You’d be pleasantly surprised by what you can find in the way of a birthday present in Owen’s Pharmacy or a hostess gift at La Bouteille or Vines & Stuff. What about a great book from our book stores?
We must be active in local government and willing to participate in the committees already taking steps in the right direction.
We also need to encourage any would-be business owners to fill the gaps noticeable in Tryon’s economy – affordable restaurants, children-related stores and activities and other retail ventures. The Polk County Economic and Tourism Development Commission has prepared a guide for new businesses should you know someone who has a great idea but is lost when it comes to where to start.
It’s time to put thought to action and get creative so Tryon remains a special place to live and visit. There is strength in community members who cherish the place they live – let’s put that strength to work.
— Editorial staff, Tryon Daily Bulletin

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