Town needs focus shift, Chamber of Commerce says
To bring business to Stallings, the town needs to shift focus. That was the word Stallings town council members heard from Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Rosche, at the council’s Monday, Oct. 24 meeting.
“It’s gonna be really hard to recruit a Fortune 500 company to Stallings, but you can through one of your neighboring communities,” Rosche said. “What you can do is fill the needs of the company’s employees.”
Rosche also pointed to the Monroe Bypass as something that will have a major impact on the town, because once the road is operational, local residents will return to businesses on U.S. 74.
“You and Indian Trail have an advantage, because you’re pro growth from a business perspective,” Rosche said. “Now is a time to retool for when this economy does change around.”
The subject of a business association came up as well, with the Stallings Business Association holding its first meeting immediately before the town council Monday afternoon. Fifteen business owners attended, saying their number one concern is people don’t know they exist, unless they live nearby.
Rosche added that each community had its own unique challenges. When asked to talk about the Indian Trail Business Association, Rosche said she believes it is evolving into something different.
“The Indian Trail Business Association has evolved into what appears to be similar to a chamber of commerce,” Rosche said. “We won’t do anything not to support it (but) it will be competition, healthy competition for the chamber.”
The problem for Stallings, Rosche said, is one similar to other towns in Union.
“With 14 municipalities in a county this size, it’s very challenging to meet the needs of everybody,” Rosche said. “We don’t think Stallings has had a lot of help from the chamber of commerce or other groups to get your voice heard at the county level.
Rosche echoed a previous suggestion by Partnership for Progress Director Maurice Ewing, telling Stallings council members they need to determine a direction to go.