The Southeast Compass -Summer 2015

From The President…

Across my 21 years in economic development, I’ve worn state, local and regional hats in facilitating economic development in southeastern North Carolina. The region has in that time had good years and bad as we weathered business cycles and navigated stark structural changes to our economy, such as the loss of the traditional textile industry.  Read More

Consumer Foods Cluster Surges with Arrivals of Butterball and Sanderson Farms

Two national names in poultry are making North Carolina’s Southeast the backdrop for major production operations. In February, Butterball unveiled plans to hire 367 people at the 200,000-square-foot plant in Hoke County once occupied by House of Raeford. The company will invest $66.75 million there. The following month, Sanderson Farms launched plans to construct a poultry processing facility and hatchery in St. Paul’s that will employ 1,100 workers.   Read More

NCEDP Meets with LDAG

Local economic developers from around the Southeast Region joined representatives of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) for an all-day dialogue about the region’s assets and how they fit into the state’s business recruitment strategy. The meeting took place in the Elizabethtown office of The Southeastern Partnership. Each county had the opportunity to present and discuss its assets for attracting new companies. Read More

Asbury Graphite Win Highlights Rail Allies

A lead generated by The Southeastern Partnership has resulted in 25 new jobs and $8 million in industrial investment for Robeson County. In May, Asbury Graphite Mills, Inc., announced its choice of Lumberton for a new production site. The family-owned business, headquartered in Asbury, N.J., processes graphite and other minerals for use in ceramics, brake linings, LED and other industrial applications.  Read More

Regional Marketing Maintains Momentum After Record Year

As the Southeast Region looks back on a pivotal year for job creation and investment, economic developers are keeping their eyes on the future as companies from around the world consider southeastern North Carolina as a backdrop for new operations.   Read More

Partnership Offers Vocal Support for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

At its February meeting, the Board of Directors of The Southeastern Partnership adopted a resolution supporting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an historic energy infrastructure initiative being undertaken by AGL Resources, Dominion Power, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas.  Read More