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Community Leaders Celebrate Collaboration

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 18:22 -- tbrantley

The Tidewater News (March 12, 2014) -- To celebrate and refocus, the leaders brought back David Dodson with MDC Inc., who was the original facilitator brought in 10 years ago through the efforts of Sol Rawls.

Rawls called Dodson and spoke to him about his program through a Duke University endowment that facilitated collaboration between North and South Carolina communities, and he wanted to be a part of it.

“I told him that the program is for the rural Carolinas, and he said, ‘How are you going to fix that?’” Dodson joked. “Thanks to Mr. Rawls’ creative insistence, he got us involved.

“Mr. Rawls is one of the greatest leaders I have ever met. I don’t have a lot of pictures in my office, but I have a picture of Mr. Rawls.”

Back then, Dodson said, Franklin and Southampton County wanted to cross the fault-line barrier of geography, race and income to make something for everyone.

“You don’t know how rare that is,” he said. “A lot of communities pay lip service to collaboration, but when the hard work comes, they walk away from each other.