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Project Scope

Badin is a town located in Stanly County, North Carolina. At the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 1,974. The CPNI Workshop in Badin, NC was completed September 12-13, 2019. Workshop volunteers toured the town and met with key leaders to discuss propelling economic development. Workshop leader Julie McLaurin grew up in Badin, so CPNI got a personalized experience. 

“Badin is a community where people can live, work, worship, and play without the hustle and bustle of a larger city. The people of Badin enjoy a place where they can walk or drive a golf cart down the street to pick up their mail, eat at one of the restaurants, fish from the bank of Badin Lake, play a round of golf, or just visit with neighbors. Badin is a place where everyone knows their neighbors, and they work together to help each other”.

Team Members


  • Rachel Taylor, NCGrowth Analyst
  • Carolyn Fryberger, NCGrowth Economic Development Manager


  • Julie McLaurin, team leader – Little
  • Doug Burns, SGA | Narmour Wright Design
  • Sun Breza, ECS Southeast, LLP
  • Peyton Fairbank, HICAPS, Inc.
  • Jerry Guerrier, Wake Technical Community College
  • Phil Jones, UNCC (retired)
  • Pat Fogleman, CPN of NC


Since beginning its central downtown development efforts in 2009, the Town of Badin has made progress in bringing its vision of becoming a tourist destination to fruition. Badin has engaged in streetscaping projects in both East and West Badin, which help contribute to walkability and revitalization. Badin has sought funding for these projects and collaborated with ALCOA, NC State, and the NC DOT. Badin has plans for a lakefront park, the vision to build a bridge to connect the town to Uwharrie National Forest, and it has already made plans to work with the State on the addition to Morrow Mountain State Park and the Hardaway Cultural site that this acquisition will encompass. Unfortunately, the lengthy legal issues between the state and ALCOA put many plans and projects on hold for nearly a decade.
With the resolution of the case, it is time for the Town of Badin to revisit its plans and merge them with new ones in order to create a long-term vision that guides growth and development in Badin. The Town of Badin seeks to grow from a foundation built on its rich history and its most valuable resources: its citizens and its natural beauty.

Next Steps for Badin:

  • Develop a Comprehensive Strategic Plan
  • Create a 501(c)3
  • Conduct an economic impact and market study
  • Engage in Marketing and Place Branding
  • Focus on manageable projects
  • Report to Town Council
  • Explore collaborative partnerships
  • See page 23 of report for specific resources


Final Summary

Click here to read the Badin, NC report
Click here to see additional photos from the workshop
Click here to read a letter from Mayor & Town Manager of Badin