Groundbreaking Ceremony


County Commissioners officially broke ground Wednesday, Feb. 16 on the future home of the Haywood County DSS, Health and Central Permitting Departments.

The $12.5 million renovation of the former Wal-Mart building is being financed through a loan from the Rural Development office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pamela Hysong, area director for the USDA Rural Development program, said this project is the largest community facilities loan funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding in western North Carolina.


“And because of some good timing, it has the very low interest rate of 3.75 percent,” Hysong said. “When the project was first proposed, I was very impressed. The County recognized the benefits of purchasing an existing empty building. With over 200 employees working here, I can’t help but think that this will stimulate business in the area.”


County Commissioners in attendance praised the project and the money it would save taxpayers, compared to constructing a new building.


“I believe this project saved taxpayers at least $12 million compared to what it would have cost to find land and build a new building,” said Chairman Mark Swanger. “We are grateful to USDA Rural Development Office and Pam Hysong for their support for this project.”


The renovation project is scheduled to be completed in November. For more information, contact the County Manager’s Office at 452-6625.


(Pictured from left - Julie Davis, County Finance Director; Michael Sorrells, Commissioner; Pam Hysong, Area Director, USDA Rural Development; Bill Upton, Commissioner; Kevin Ensley, Commissioner; Bruce Crawford, Building Inspections Director; Scott Donald, Architect, Padgett & Freeman; Mark Swanger, Chairman, Board of Commissioners; Marty Stamey, County Manager; Carmine Rocco, Health Director; and Ira Dove, DSS Director.)


For more information, contact:
David Teague,
Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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