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Dr. Pamela Hilbert, vice president of academic affairs at PCC, talks about the new construction and classrooms on the campus during a meeting with local government and ECU representatives at the community college Wednesday morning. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Dr. Pamela Hilbert, vice president of academic affairs at PCC, talks about the new construction and classrooms on the campus during a meeting with local government and ECU representatives at the community college Wednesday morning. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Town-gown discussions critical

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When members of the community’s Town-Gown Organization gather, as they did last week, the meetings are not meant as a formality or simply to exchange pleasantries. Rather those regular events intend to strengthen the lines of communication between key government and education leaders, and to forge consensus on issues with shared benefit for the community.

Without the continued growth of East Carolina University and Pitt Community College, residents of Greenville and Pitt County would find this a far poorer, more distressed and more troubled community. Those entities, along with Pitt County Schools, are the lifelines to socioeconomic improvement, making their vitality among the most important priorities here.

In a matter of weeks, students will pile into buses once again, heralding the start of the year for the county’s public schools. Similarly, thousands of students will begin the fall semesters at East Carolina and Pitt Community College, eradicating the sleepy summer landscape in place since May. The result will be a community where educational opportunity is nearly everywhere.

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having schools of higher learning is great

As a teacher, I am glad that we have two good schools of higher learning in Pitt County. But we also need good paying jobs for the students to go to after graduation. This should be a priority! The county can only grow if there is good paying employment. And there isn't much of that here.

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