The Southeast Compass Summer 2008

Distribution Cluster Spreads Opportunity Evenly

Southeastern North Carolina's appeal as a center for distribution operations is becoming known to top American firms. Despite a slowing national economy, regional development officials continue to see strong project activity surrounding the Southeast's distribution centers—the sprawling warehousing and logistics facilities that direct products into the hands of retailers and end-users. Read More>>


Titan Announcement Boosts Building-Products Industry in Region

The Southeast Region's building-products cluster took a major leap forward in April with the announcement by Titan America that it would resurrect and modernize a former cement production complex in Castle Hayne. The site will employ a 161-person workforce at an average annual salary of $72,068, pay that is well above New Hanover County's $33,228 average. Read More>>


Advanced Energy Projects Highlight Recent Announcements

Several years of planning by two Southeast communities have reached fruition with April announcements of new jobs and investment in biomass and nuclear fuels. Read More>>


Justin Smith Assumes New Duties for Columbus

June is typically a time for graduating. And, even though he didn't receive a diploma, June 16th was graduation day for Justin Smith, who left a position at Cumberland County Business Council (CCBC) to become Columbus County's new economic development director. Read More>>


TAG Plots Marketing Vision at Pinehurst Planning Session

For business clients and site consultants, perceptions of a community are reality—until they can be altered through the marketing efforts of economic developers. That was a key message delivered by Jonathan Sangster, a site selection professional with the firm of CB Richard Ellis, to the 28 local, state, regional and allied developers taking part in the Southeast Commission's annual planning session in February. The session is held annually under the auspices of the region's Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Read More>>


Southeast Region to be Featured in Business Series to Air on National TV

The producers of The Economic Report plan to feature North Carolina's Southeast Region in an upcoming segment of their series "Doing Business in the Global Economy." The Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based production team is working with NCSE's personnel in obtaining video and honing a script that will showcase the unique assets and amenities that make Southeastern North Carolina a lucrative, globally oriented business destination. The five-minute segment, which will be hosted by noted broadcaster Greg Gumbel, will air later this year on news networks such as Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN and the Discovery Channel. Aside from the obvious promotional value of the broadcast, the Southeast Commission is free to utilize the tape thereafter as part of its ongoing marketing and outreach efforts.


Bladen County Non-Profit Gathers National Economic Development Award

The U.S. Department of Commerce is giving its 2008 Excellence in Economic Development Award to Bladen's Bloomin' Agri-Industrial, Inc., a private non-profit real estate company operated in conjunction with the Bladen County Economic Development Commission. The "Excellence in Innovation" award, one of eight award categories for which the federal government considers nominations each year, cites Bladen's Bloomin's market driven strategy for helping grow the local economy. Sandy K. Baruah, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, will travel to Bladen County later this summer to personally present the award to Bladen County leaders. Read More>>


National Logistics Forum

Steve Yost (NCSE Marketing Manager), Phyllis Owens (Cumberland County Business Council Executive Vice President), Jim Bradshaw (Brunswick County Economic Developer) and John Swope (Sampson County Economic Developer) attended the second annual Real Estate Logistics Forum in Chicago, IL. The event focused on all elements of the international supply chain, including transportation global logistics and the port side of the international trade industry, and how it all impacts real estate decisions. 


Commerce Luncheon

Steve Yost and Joe Melvin delivered a Powerpoint Presentation of NCSE FY 08 accomplishments to the NC Department of Commerce Business and Industry Development Team on May 12th. The presentation served as an opportunity for NCSE to reinforce the marketing strategies and activities that make southeastern NC attractive as a business relocation destination for global companies. The meeting fostered the collaborative partnership that continues to provide successful economic development results in the region.