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State Reports Increase In Exporting; Port Shipping More Container Cargo

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North Carolina exports continue to grow, according to a news release issued Friday by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office. In the first half of 2014, the state’s exported goods and services increased 2.7 percent, compared with the same period in 2013, increasing from $14.9 billion to $15.3 billion, the release stated.  Some of that merchandise is going through the Port of Wilmington.

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Canadian Manufacturer Opening New Facility in Scotland County

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County.  The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years in Wagram. The investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carolina valued at $7 million.

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Mission Complete: Southeast Converts to Private Model

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On June 30th of this year, business and local government leaders in Southeastern North Carolina completed the conversion of the regional economic development entity from a state-governed commission to a private non-profit corporation

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New Marketing Strategy, Advisory Panel Take Shape

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As North Carolina’s Southeast completes the re-shaping of its organizational model and geography, changes also are afoot for a key component of the regional partnership’s mission: its marketing strategy.

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Federal Funds Support New Buildings and Sites Database

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A $35,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is funding the creation of a regional database of available industrial buildings and sites. The Southeastern Partnership is matching the EDA funds on a dollar-to-dollar basis.

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North Carolina’s Southeast Focuses on Economic Development in Region

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There is strength in numbers.  There is influence in teamwork. There is power in unity. There is benefit in collaboration. There is employment in industry. There is incentive in free markets. 

There is business growth to be had within the local region. A newly privatized regional economic development model, North Carolina’s Southeast (NCSE),is showing collaboration between private business and county funding can positively impact Columbus County and beyond. 

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