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News State / Region Sylva native hired as Economic Development Director

Paige RobersonSylva's Town Manager, Adrienne Isenhower, announced that Sylva native Paige Roberson, 24, will serve as the Town's new Main Street Economic Development Director for the Town of Sylva and Director for the Downtown Sylva Association (DSA).

“I am excited about getting to work. Last week I went to a main-street managers meeting in Concord and got some really great ideas that I am excited to begin working on,” Roberson said. “I am most excited about the Mill Street [also known as back street] renovations and encouraging small business development and retention in the downtown area.”

Roberson, a third-generation Sylva native, whose family owned and operated Sylva’s former Roberson Supply is personally invested in the economic development of the town and values the importance of continuing the tradition of engaging community activities, historic preservation, and downtown revitalization.

Roberson explained that her position as the director of the DSA is different than it has been in the past. The role of previous DSA directors was to focus mainly on fundraising and event planning. According to Roberson, she will be working with the Main Street Center under the Commerce Department to promote development and economic sustainability.

After graduating from Smoky Mountain High in Sylva, Roberson attended North Carolina State University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2009. Roberson attended Western Carolina University, where she graduated this past May with a 4.0 GPA and Master of Public Affairs degree.

Roberson’s educational accomplishments are matched with a resumé of experience that will benefit in her new position. Roberson has served as an intern for the Jackson County Planning Department, where she worked with the county planner providing administrative assistance on the Community Development Block Grants and other housing programs. “The housing grants emphasize the importance of community vision and preservation. Grant administration requires strict compliance through record keeping and accurate accounting principles,” said Roberson.

During her last semester as a graduate student at Western, Roberson worked to establish a community development plan for Cashiers. “The comprehensive plan stressed the importance of strategic planning for future development,” Roberson explained the importance of her past experience.

Roberson attributes much of the love and dedication she has for North Carolina to the position she had as a legislative intern for Rep. Phil Haire’s office. “My three years experience working in Rep. Phil Haire's off instilled a love of North Carolina state government, public service, and community development,” she said. “While working for Rep. Haire I often worked with local media and developed a strong working relationship with local and state agencies.”





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published: 10/18/2013
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