We figure everyone in Garner knows this area is home to a growing business community. But most folks outside the immediate Garner area may not be aware of it.
Economic development types are hoping they can change that in the future. The town enjoys good highway access and it’s only going to get better. The town has a vibrant business corridor along U.S. 70 and is focusing its efforts to make downtown a destination as well.
The town also has industrial land available and is targeting companies on the leading edge of technology to fill that space.
And while it’s good for people in Garner and points further out to visit the town to shop and spend their money here, it’s frankly more important to see the industrial site become home to a going concern.
That would mean jobs – and likely high-paying jobs at that – which will provide Garner residents with a chance to catch up economically. As welcome as they are, most retail establishments aren’t likely to pay high wages and Garner residents shouldn’t have to settle for work that pays just more than the poverty threshhold. Too often, that’s what you get with restaurants and other service-sector positions. It’s important, though, to note that the restaurants, hotels and other retail establishments rushing to the White Oak area are not being touted for their good jobs, but for the significant additions they make the town’s tax base. That’s important, too, because the town wants new revenue to bolster it’s ability to provide services to residents.
Garner has positioned itself well to lure a strong company to the former ConAgra site and we feel sure that when the right project comes along the town will marshal its resources to reel that prospect in.
When that happens, it’s even more likely that Garner will cease being one of Wake County’s best-kept secrets.