The Southeast Compass- Spring 2013

From the President: Five Trends Driving our Economic Future

Economic development is a machine with hundreds of moving parts: every project is unique and every day brings a different array of tasks. But in forging job-creation in the Southeast Region there are moments when a coherent picture of tomorrow’s economic landscape comes into view. Prosperity here boils down to five trends now in evidence across our region. Read More>>

Growth Intensifies for Southeast’s Consumer Foods Cluster

The arrival two years ago of Colorado-based Steven Roberts Original Desserts highlighted Southeastern North Carolina’s appeal to companies in the consumer foods industry. Since then, the region has built on this momentum. The recent selection by fast-growing Trinity Frozen Foods, LLC, of a site in Robeson County and an innovative product development initiative in Columbus County offer compelling evidence of a booming regional agribusiness and food-processing cluster. Read More>>

Ply Gem Launches Expansion in Columbus County

Columbus County will see the creation of 145 new building-product manufacturing jobs over the coming three years as Ply Gem Industries, a maker of doors, railings and veneers, undertakes a $15.5 million expansion at its site in Fair Bluff. Governor Pat McCrory announced the news in early May. Read More>>

University Partners Unveil Regional Economic Profile

Across business, knowledge is power. Actionable intelligence drives the bottom line. To aid decision-making by companies in the region, as well as those weighing relocation here, North Carolina’s Southeast has for over a decade published a regional economic profile. The exhaustive reference manual, updated annually, is packed with facts and figures about the region, its economy and business community. Read More>>

Southeast Leaders Venture West to Promote Aerospace and Agribusiness

A March visit to Southern California by a delegation from the Southeast Region has yielded opportunities for the region in aerospace manufacturing. “We had four productive days of meetings with companies and consultants,” says Joe Melvin, director of business development for N.C. Southeast, which jointly organized the outreach mission with the Fayetteville Regional Alliance. Read More>>

Meet Ryan Regan, Graduate Intern

Last summer’s launch of an internship program at North Carolina’s Southeast helped create a credible roadmap for how the region can reach foreign direct investors. A year later, Ryan Regan, a graduate student in public administration at UNC-Chapel Hill, is taking that work into its next phase. “I’m working on a cost analysis for the international marketing strategy, comparing the cost of doing business in Southeastern North Carolina with similar regions in Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany and Japan,” Mr. Regan says. Read More>>

Region’s Logistics Assets Highlighted at Retail Industry Trade Show

The Southeast’s unique appeal as a destination for distribution facilities is based on multi-modal transportation assets, central location and ready-to-build acreage. The region’s economic developers took that message directly to the world’s most prominent retailers at the Logistics 2013 conference and trade show in Orlando, Fla., organized by the Retail Industry Leadership Association (RILA). Read More>>