The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) in partnership with the City of Newton received a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Newton Strategic Growth Plan.
The Innovation Award was presented to the Community and Regional Planning Department of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. The City of Newton requested technical assistance from the Council of Governments in developing a Strategic Growth Plan to guide the City in the coming years. City leaders and staff believed Newton needed a clear vision of how to capitalize on its central location as the county seat of Catawba County and to clarify ways to attract new residential and commercial development to the City.
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