Small Town, Big Dreams
David Lambert grew up enjoying the pleasures of small-town living in Robbins – Moore County’s northernmost community. Today, rambling along the Bear Creek Trails is one of his favorite and most accessible things to do.
But Lambert is doing more than just enjoying the town’s scenic natural resources with his wife Desiree and two children Liam and Sawyer these days. He is actually impacting its future. As Robbins’ Town Manager since September 2016, he is making sure that the local heritage is preserved and shared for years to come.
“I believe small towns have something worth saving,” says Lambert, who after graduating from high school went to ministry school, then earned a double major from UNC Greensboro, collected a law degree from Elon University, and most recently completed his Masters in Public Administration at UNC Chapel Hill.
For sure, Lambert has been on the move since his childhood.
But he’s now back in Robbins where he says he wants to remain as long as possible “to make a lasting, positive impact on my community. My goal is to have a long career improving the likes of those living in rural communities.”
“I grew up in Robbins and was very involved at a young age,” Lambert, who is also the founder of Northern Moore Tomorrow, Inc. – Youth Division, adds. “It is an honor and a unique opportunity to be the manager of your home town. I am invested. These are my people, my family. I take it personally.”
Lambert likes to say that there is something for everyone in Moore County, including diverse landscapes and backgrounds.
In Robbins he has “a simple, fulfilling life.”
But he also wants to make sure his small-town way of life is never forgotten.
“Consider the GPS. Its usefulness is contingent on where you are and where you want to be,” Lambert concludes. “For decades, the road to economic prosperity has been on a one-way street toward urban communities. Small towns need to find ways to reroute opportunities to rural communities. I want to be part of that.”
David Lambert - At A Glance:
Favorite places to eat:
1. Carolina Fried Chicken (Robbins)
2. Westmoore Family Restaurant (Seagrove)
3. Pik-n-Pig (Carthage)
4. Vito’s (Southern Pines)
Favorite Things to Do:
1. Hiking along the Bear Creek Trails in Robbins
2. Enjoying Community Theatre
3. Attending School Board and County Commissioner’s Meetings
4. Watching ballgames at North Moore High School
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