The Southeast Compass, Summer/Fall 2010

Director’s Message: Promising Signs

Despite the obvious frustrations felt as we watch the nation’s economy sputter back to life, there is evidence that Southeastern North Carolina is poised well for new job growth and investment. Much of the optimism can be traced to the farsightedness of the region’s cluster-based industrial development strategy. Read More>>


Two Defense-related Firms Arrive in Wake of Post-BRAC Expansion

The massive expansion of Fort Bragg, already the U.S. Army’s most populous post, is spurring business opportunities for surrounding communities as new military personnel, dependents and operations arrive.  In recent months two Pentagon contractors have begun establishing a presence in Cumberland County in order to serve Fort Bragg and its growing mission. Read More>>


LT. Governor's Jobs Commission Comes to the Southeast

Over 100 educators, business people and community leaders from around Southeastern North Carolina met in February at Fayetteville State University to discuss the region’s workforce needs and share ideas on how schools and businesses can work together to ready graduates for 21st century jobs. The gathering was part of the Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission chaired by Lt. Governor Walter Dalton. The commission is meeting in each of North Carolina’s seven economic development regions as part of an effort to forge closer links between educators and business leaders. Read More>>


State, Federal Funds to Drive Regional Workforce Study

Aligning workforce resources with the long-range needs of employers is a key component of the Southeast’s vision for regional economic advancement. For that to happen, however, regional economic and workforce development leaders must first have accurate, relevant data about the region’s laborforce. That is why the Southeast Commission has obtained $160,000 in federal, state and internal funds to perform a comprehensive assessment of the region’s workers. Read More>>


Regional Leaders Brief Southeast Legislators

Fourteen members of the North Carolina General Assembly joined Southeast Commission officials and allies at a May breakfast briefing on regional development programs and results. The briefing took place in the Legislative Building in Raleigh. Among those who addressed legislators were Commission Chairman Jane Smith, Director Steve Yost and John Swope, Sampson County Economic Development director, who currently chairs the Southeast’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG). A large contingent of the Commission’s board of directors also was there. Read More>>


Commissioner Partners With State Entities in 'BIZBOOST'

 The Southeast Commission, in collaboration with its allies at the N.C. Department of Commerce and local economic development organizations, is partnering with the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in a unique outreach effort designed to hone the competitive edge of small and mid-sized businesses in the state. “BizBoost,” which extends strategic planning and financial management expertise to locally owned firms working to position themselves for success amid the changing economy, applies American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in hopes of retaining jobs. The innovative strategy targets unemployment before it occurs -- working to connect companies to the market intelligence, financial resources and technical expertise they need in order to survive and succeed. Read More>>


Southport Mayor Robert Howard Joins Commission Board

Speaker of the House Joe Hackney has appointed Robert Howard, mayor of Southport, to serve on the board of directors of North Carolina’s Southeast Commission. Mr. Howard brings a wealth of experience in banking, real estate and local government to the region’s lead economic development marketing organization. Read More>>


State Economic Developers Recognize Hoke County’s Don Porter

Don Porter, executive director of Raeford/Hoke Economic Development and former chairman of the Southeast Commission’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), was honored by the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) as Economic Developer of the Year for 2010. The award was presented at the professional association’s annual meeting in mid-June. Read More>>