MIDLAND, N.C. -- You might not have heard of Midland, North Carolina.
“We’re only 12 years old,” said Midland town administrator David Pugh.
It’s population is only about 3,200. Locals pronounce it with an emphasis on “land” so as not to be confused with the other similarly named town in Texas.
Midland is about a nine mile stretch between Charlotte and Albemarle.
“The biggest thing (is) trying to get people to know and understand, especially from development (that) Midland is only 20 miles from downtown Charlotte,” Pugh said.
Town leaders are working hard to grow. They've passed new zoning laws to be more business friendly and they're working on improving infrastructure.
“Growth is going to come this way. We’re 20 miles from downtown Charlotte but also keep a rural atmosphere and a rural quality of life and also be able to start having a downtown area. We actually don’t have a downtown area.”
They’re working to build a Main Street that will house a new town hall.
Jim and Mary Little have lived in Midland since 1968, before Midland was official.
They run a farm with a popular pumpkin patch and say they know growth is inevitable.
“As Charlotte expands, we’ll be gobbled up by that type of development, so it’s coming,” Jim Little said.
The Little’s say they're OK with that, describing the ideal future of Midland as still country but with a microcosm of development.