The Southeast Compass, Spring 2011

Director's Message. Creating Value. Results and Return.

The performance of a financial planner is easy to measure: how great a return have clients earned on their investments? Economic development organizations are judged based on much the same criteria, with numbers telling the story.  Read More>>


Legislators Told of Regionalism's Value

State funding for regional economic development partnerships is vital to ongoing local efforts to create jobs and grow tax-base. That was the message delivered by county economic development directors to members of Southeastern North Carolina’s General Assembly delegation at a February 16th briefing in Raleigh. Read More>>


Planning Session Features Top Food Industry Consultant, Entrepreneurial Expert

The Southeast Region’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) -- a panel that includes local economic developers, private allies, college and university liaisons, and state partners -- held its annual planning session in early February. Read More>>


Regional Workforce Analysis Launched

It is a noteworthy irony that in today’s economy, as technology takes on more and more tasks once performed by people, human factors have never been more critical. The trend will no doubt continue, which is why regional development leaders at N.C. Southeast have engaged consultants to measure the quality and quantity of labor assets in the region and assess their alignment with the evolving needs of today’s businesses. Read More>>


Wilmington Hosts State Economic Development Board

The Surf Club at Wrightsville Beach was the site of a November meeting of the North Carolina Economic Development Board, an advisory panel comprised of top business, government, educational and non-profit leaders from around the state. The two-day meeting included presentations by executives from biotech contract researcher PPD, as well as site visits to UNC Wilmington and Screen Gems Studios. The board also heard from local and regional economic development officials. Read More>>


Report Highlights Southeast's Aerospace Appeal

Three new aerospace manufacturing facilities will impact the economic development landscape of Southeastern North Carolina, even though none of the plants is actually in the region. Boeing Corp.’s operations in North Charleston, S.C., Spirit AeroSystems’ plant in Kinston, N.C., and a HondaJet facility in Greensboro spell lucrative opportunities for aerospace-related suppliers, partners and service providers based in any of the 11 counties of North Carolina’s Southeast. Those findings, along with numerous others, were made in an NCSE-sponsored study by Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting. Read More>>


Marketing Activities

NCSE has been aggressively marketing the southeast region to several key industry sectors in the last several months. Read More>>