Advisory Group to Hold Planning Session

County economic development directors from around Southeastern North Carolina will join private allies, NCSE staff, N.C. Department of Commerce officials and other guests at the annual planning meeting of NCSE's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) February 20-22, 2008. The event, held each year in Pinehurst, offers the chance to review regional development strategy and marketing techniques, examine results, set goals for the upcoming year and share perspective on trends affecting the region's economy and business environment.

"The annual TAG Retreat puts everyone on the same page, and gets us focused on the challenges and opportunities the coming year brings," explains Don Porter, chairman of the TAG and executive director of the Raeford/Hoke Economic Development Commission. "It's a great chance for all of us to build relationships and to learn."

TAG participants will also hear presentations from two prominent site selection experts: Jonathan Sangster, Atlanta-based managing director for consulting services at commercial real estate firm of CB Richard Ellis, and Russ Smitley, manager of regional development at CSX Transportation in Richmond, Va.