The Southeast Compass, Spring 2010

2009: A Year of Transition

Change, they say, is life’s only constant. The year 2009 served as a constant reminder of that fact. North Carolina’s Southeast saw significant transitions both externally and internally. Read More>>


Flavoring Maker Arrives in Richmond County

Centre Ingredient Technology, Inc., an innovative developer of natural flavorings and fragrance ingredients for buyers in the food, beverage and cosmetics industries, has opened an operation in Richmond County. The privately held firm is investing $7.2 million at a 4,000-square-foot facility in Rockingham. The move, facilitated through a lead generated by North Carolina’s Southeast, is bringing 20 new jobs to the region. Read More>>


Major Unilever Supplier Builds Presence in Raeford

Governor Beverly Perdue joined regional and local officials in Hoke County in July to welcome plastics manufacturer Alpla, Inc. The company, an Atlanta-based unit of Austria’s Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co., is investing $7.2 million at a new plant in Raeford that will supply the adjacent Unilever personal products facility, the county’s largest industrial employer. Read More>>


Website Upgrades Enhance Southeast’s Visibility

The Southeast Commission’s marketing and technology personnel have unveiled the results of their most recent collaboration: a newly re-designed and improved version of the region’s information-rich website ( Enhancements include a new array of navigational tools, easy-to-find contact information, new details of the organization’s staff and leadership, and more. Read More>>


Southeast Commission Joins BRAC Task Force at AUSA Gathering

Economic development leaders from across Southeastern North Carolina joined state officials in showcasing North Carolina’s military-business amenities at the annual exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) in early October. AUSA is a non-profit educational organization that serves and supports the U.S. Army, its personnel and communities. The Southeast Commission joined the BRAC Regional Task Force (RTF) and the North Carolina Military Foundation in sponsoring a business reception in conjunction with the expo, which was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The gathering featured Governor Beverly Perdue and N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. Read More>>


Regional Officials Discuss Economy on UNC-TV “North Carolina Rising” Series

NCSE Director Steve Yost was among Southeastern leaders participating in a recent public television series focusing on North Carolina’s fast-changing economic landscape. UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Rising” series brought its cameras to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) for a town hall meeting that was broadcast statewide on October 14th. UNCP was the first of four locations around the state to host the series, which examined the obstacles and opportunities facing rural communities in the Tarheel State. Read More>>


Rep. McIntyre Salutes SEDC Co-location with Commission Offices

Congressman Mike McIntyre was among the Southeastern North Carolina leaders to gather at Commission offices on November 10th to formally announce the co-location of federal and state-sponsored regional economic development programs. Beginning February 1, 2010, the Southeast Commission’s Elizabethtown headquarters will also be home to the Southeastern Economic Development Commission (SEDC), a two-employee organization funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration and contributions from member counties. Read More>>


Southeast Joins ENC Counterparts in Seeking Heritage Status for U.S. Hwy. 17

The U.S. currently has 40 Congressionally designated National Heritage Areas -- places where natural, cultural and historic resources forge cohesive landscapes that are representative of the American experience. Two such areas now include parts of North Carolina: the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor that stretches from Wilmington to Jacksonville, Fla., and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, a 25-county region in Western North Carolina established in 2003.  Read More>>


Longtime Fayetteville Business Leader Joins Commission Board

Though he may be the newest member of North Carolina’s Southeast Commission board of directors, Michael Green is no rookie when it comes to bringing jobs to the region. Appointed by House Speaker Joe Hackney late last summer, Mr. Green has deep roots in the region’s business community and unique knowledge of what it takes to forge job opportunities in today’s economy. Read More>>