The Southeast Compass- Summer 2014

From the President: “Moving Forward”

It’s impossible to navigate a road trip by staring into the rearview mirror.  Nor can you steer a region into the future by relaxing atop past achievements.

 While we’re proud of the success of North Carolina’s Southeast Region in the past two decades, history alone will not create the jobs and investment needed to sustain our prosperity over the next 20 years. Read More>>

Mission Complete: Southeast Converts to Private Model

On June 30th of this year, business and local government leaders in Southeastern North Carolina completed the conversion of the regional economic development entity from a state-governed commission to a private non-profit corporation. The Southeastern Partnership now directs the regional marketing and economic development activities formerly conducted by North Carolina’s Southeast Commission, which was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994. 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>>

New Marketing Strategy, Advisory Panel Take Shape

As North Carolina’s Southeast completes the re-shaping of its organizational model and geography, changes also are afoot for a key component of the regional partnership’s mission: its marketing strategy.

 “It’s all about lead generation,” says Russ Rogerson, who serves on the marketing and business development committee of The Southeastern Partnership’s board of directors. Read More>>

Federal Funds Support New Buildings and Sites Database

A $35,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is funding the creation of a regional database of available industrial buildings and sites. The Southeastern Partnership is matching the EDA funds on a dollar-to-dollar basis. Read More>>

Community Profile:  Anson County Industries Mirror Those of The Southeast

 There was a time when Anson County stretched from North Carolina westward to the Mississippi River. It’s smaller today, but its economic ambitions remain expansive. “We’re rural,” says Mary Beck, director of the Anson County Economic Development Commission, “but we have a lot of infrastructure.”. Read More>>

Expanded Trade Zone Connects Southeast to the World

Global economics operates in full motion in the Southeast Region. As of 2012, when researchers surveyed the region’s business landscape, there were 58 companies here operating within targeted cluster areas that are headquartered outside the U.S. More than half of the region’s foreign-owned facilities were engaged in manufacturing at some level. Western Europe accounted for the majority of identified companies, the survey found. Read More>>