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Scotland Neck

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Project Scope

Members from CPNI and NCGrowth traveled to Scotland Neck for a two-day workshop held on May 17-18, 2018. Scotland Neck was first settled in 1722 by a colony of Scot Highlanders. The name described the cluster of communities surrounding the original settlement on the “neck” of the Roanoke River. The town was officially incorporated in 1867, thanks to the efforts of a progressive citizen, John Hyman. In 1890, the Scotland Neck Cotton Mill opened and the area became known for its cotton production.
Today, Scotland Neck promotes itself as “an outdoor paradise” surrounded by the Roanoke River, farmland and hunting preserves with opportunities for fishing, hunting and boating. The Sylvan Heights Bird Park is also nearby – an 18 acre facility with birds from around the world and the largest waterfowl collection in the world.
Scotland Neck is in Halifax County, NC and is part of the Roanoke Rapids micropolitan statistical area.  Click here to view all the photos from the trip.

Team Members


  • Lucia Constantine, Analyst/Intern NC Growth
  • Carolyn Fryberger, NC Growth
  • Randy Benson, Critical Focus Pictures, Videographer


  • Jim Schenck, team leader – Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC
  • Jeanine Bachtel, UNC-Charlotte
  • Sara Downing, Shiel Sexton Co.
  • Jennifer Weaver, Intertek-PSI USA
  • Ian Patrick, Biloba Architecture
  • Peyton Fairbank, HICAPS, Inc.
  • Aaron Frederiksen, Balfour Beatty
  • Pat Fogleman, CPN of NC


  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Streetscape Improvements and
    Place-making Strategies
  • Building Improvements
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Community Engagement


Final Summary

Click here to read the Scotland Neck Workshop Report