Maxwell Center Grand Opening

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Goldsboro News Argus Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center Grand Opening

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another option. "Our place is a lot bigger so they'll be able to sell tickets and enlarge their events," he said. "It's going to have an economic impact for Wayne County, which is a great thing." Prior to being hired by the county in the director role, Wade was director of ticketing and events for Owensboro Convention Center in Kentucky. He has more than 30 years in the entertainment and event production and management business. His background also includes five years of traveling and road working for Feld Entertainment's Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus promotions and marketing department. He has launched and operated four new facility openings — KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky; the Corbin Arena in Corbin, Kentucky; Eastern Kentucky Expo Center; and the aforementioned Owensboro Convention Center. The move to North Carolina has been an enjoyable one, he said. "I like Goldsboro and Wayne County," he said. "People have been very nice to me. "I think it's a place with some stuff happening now that's only going to improve the area." Sometimes, he pointed out, local residents, especially those who grew up in the area, don't always take the time to see what they have in their midst. As someone coming in from the outside, Wade said he has been impressed with the potential here. "There's a lot that's pretty neat, and I think (the center) is really needed here," he said. "I think there's just a lot of things here. One of our goals for the grand opening is to get people to come in and check it out." In addition to the Maxwell Center being a contribution for the agriculture community, though, Wade says he believes the possibility is also there for it to be utilized for many types of events, meetings and gatherings. "I don't want the public to drive by the building and say, 'That's the building the county bought,'" he said. "I want them to say, 'That's a great building — we could have a wedding there, or a family reunion.' "I want people to understand how they could use the building." Goldsboro Milling Company, a family owned business that has been serving our community since 1916 Goldsboro Milling Company & the Maxwell Family are proud to be a part of Wayne County and its addition of the Maxwell Center! 70DCT0218C© "I DON ' T WANT THE PUBLIC TO DRIVE BY THE BUILDING AND SAY , 'T HAT ' S THE BUILDING THE COUNTY BOUGHT .' I WANT THEM TO SAY , 'T HAT ' S A GREAT BUILDING — WE COULD HAVE A WEDDING THERE , OR A FAMILY REUNION .' I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY COULD USE THE BUILDING ." — J AMES W ADE GEARING UP FOR THE GRAND OPENING Continued from Page 2 Sunday, February 25, 2018 Goldsboro News-Argus — 3

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