The Southeast Compass Summer 2012

From the President: Strategic Planning Drives Region’s Economic Objectives

In both turbulent and calm seas, sailors rely on the best navigational tools at their disposal. Similarly, economic development organizations need a credible roadmap when seeking to grow jobs in an uncertain economy. That’s why North Carolina’s Southeast recently began charting out a strategy that will detail how the organization can facilitate regional economic transformation in the coming years. Read More>>

Richmond County Lands Global Metalworks Company

A network of local and state entities joined North Carolina’s Southeast in successfully recruiting an international metalworking leader to Richmond County. Governor Beverly Perdue announced the arrival of FerroFab, Inc., a Detroit-based unit of Corona Manufacturing Corp, on June 29th. The company is bringing 54 new jobs to the Town of Hamlet in what will amount to an over half-million dollar industrial investment. Read More>>

Unique Joint Marketing Effort for Fort Bragg Region

In May, the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance unveiled formal plans to partner with North Carolina’s Southeast and its Research Triangle Region counterpart in a yearlong effort to attract defense-related companies to 11 central and eastern North Carolina counties. The arrangement by the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance contracts out the Alliance’s marketing programs and strategies to the two regional partnerships. Read More>>

Cumberland County Welcomes Expert Economic Developer

Russ Rogerson, whose extensive economic development background has taken him from northwest Ohio to Charlotte, will lead business recruitment and job growth efforts in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. In June, Mr. Rogerson became executive vice president for economic development at the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. Read More>>

Social Media Tools Enhance N.C. Southeast’s Marketing

As more and more businesses adopt social networking as means for staying in touch with current and potential customers, so too are economic development groups deploying them as new channels for communicating with clients and consultants. North Carolina’s Southeast has also taken the plunge, recently establishing a presence for the region on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Read More>>

Yost Named to Board of NCEDA

The North Carolina Economic Developments Association (NCEDA), the state’s lead advocate on economic development legislation, has named N.C. Southeast President Steve Yost to its 18-member board of directors. His three-year term began in July. Read More>>