Alcoa's land release will strengthen image of the Piedmont as a natural playground

Editorial from the Lexington Dispatch, July 29, 2006

There are lots of opinions about what the new 50-year license for Alcoa's power plants, dams and lakes on the Yadkin River should contain. But everyone should be excited about the company's proposal, in a newly released Agreement in Principle, to sell or donate more than 6,600 acres that it owns along the river for recreation, gamelands, conservation and park expansion. The idea could dramatically increase public access to natural lands in central North Carolina, raise the region's profile as a tourism destination and improve area quality of life.  Read more

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Tags: alcoa, conservation, land, relicensing, yadkin

Comment by Whigkid on April 10, 2012 at 2:39pm

Alcoa's land conservation offer is right up Central Park NC's alley.  What they're doing now is not.  They aren't the same organization they used to be.  Could be having Roger Dick as Vice Chair of their Board, Bank of Stanly and Uwharrie Capital as corporate sponsors, $400,000 loan from Bank of Stanly.

Comment by another David on April 10, 2012 at 4:21pm

Who paid for the push-poll Central Park NC did, and the professionally-produced video slamming the Clean Tech jobs?  Nancy Gottovi is in Roger Dick's pocket!

Comment by Stop Global Whining on April 10, 2012 at 9:35pm

Alcoa's willingness to gift all that land for outdoor recreation could really transform our region.  But the push by a strident few to expropriate Alcoa's land for a State takeover first needs to be repudiated.  Whigkid, how in the heck could Central Park NC hope to afford to repay a $400,000 loan.  I'm confused.  What assets could possibly be secured for such a loan?  Where is the pot-o-gold in all this?

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