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Many of North Carolina's most beautiful rural communities are home to remarkable natural resources. Sometimes, however, these unique environmental assets limit the area's economic development opportunities. Bakersville is one such community. Located at the base of Roan Mountain, an internationally significant natural area and the world's largest natural rhododendron garden, Bakersville boasts a rich cultural heritage. As North Carolina's mountains become increasingly affected by growth, Bakersville town leaders realized the importance of shaping the future of their community by attempting to maintain their small town character while revitalizing their local economy.
Carolina Planning (NoCar HT 393 N8 C29x), Vol. 23 Issue 2, Summer 1998, p41-47
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