City of Mebane praised in local TV station feature

WRAL TechWire recently did a feature on the City of Mebane, praising the town for its ability to attract large-scale commercial and industrial tenants in the North Carolina Commerce Park, while also keeping its small-town feel with the long-term vision that includes sidewalks, bike and pedestrian access, as well as connectivity with local parks and municipal facilities. 

The City of Mebane was recently featured in a special segment on WRAL called TechWire. 

In the segment, titled “Mebane: Partnerships, Projects, and ‘Positively Charming,’” the town is praised for its ability to attract significant industrial and commercial growth to Mebane through the North Carolina Commerce Park, along with its long-term vision for bikes and pedestrians, as well as utilities and land use. 

“When I think of a name for Mebane’s story, it is ‘Partnerships, Projects, and Positively Charming,’” City Manager David Cheek said in the WRAL feature. ““You come into downtown, you see beautiful areas. You see sidewalks, people walking around. You see the town and then trees. The success we’ve had with economic development is allowing us to stay ahead of the game and make our city a more inviting place to live, work and play.”

Cheek told a story in the TechWire feature about Mebane missing out on a Mercedes Benz expansion in the 1990s, and how that experience helped town officials come up with a successful long-term vision for Mebane. 

The WRAL feature explains that Mebane is expected to double in size - from approximately 15,000 residents to more than 30,000 residents - between 2020 and 2035. 

“We have the best of both worlds,” Assistant City Manager Chris Rollins told WRAL. “You can get more bang for your buck here, on a house, in taxes, and just in quality of life. It’s attractive to people looking for a new place to call home.”

To read the full WRAL TechWire feature on the City of Mebane, visit