Annual TAG Planning Session to Include Top State Execs

North Carolina’s top workforce and economic development leaders will join county and regional business developers at North Carolina’s Southeast’s annual Technical Advisory Group (TAG) planning session on February 25-26, 2009. Newly appointed Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and North Carolina Community College System President Scott Rawls will join the TAG’s discussions of regional job growth and industrial investment strategies. Also on hand will be Tom Eager, chief executive officer of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, which will host the two-day session at its offices in Wilmington. Dr. Woody Hall, a professor of economics at UNC Wilmington, will offer the group an update of business trends and his forecast of what lies ahead. 

“At no time in my memory has our region’s economic future stood at such a crossroads,” says Don Porter, chairman of the TAG, which comprises local economic development professionals, regional representatives from state government, private allies and Commission marketing staff. “We are grateful that some of North Carolina’s most experienced and knowledgeable leaders are taking the time to share their unique strategic perspectives about this highly unusual environment,” says Mr. Porter, who is executive director of the Raeford/Hoke County Economic Development Commission. “Equally important, they will have a chance to hear from us about the realities we’re encountering out on the front lines.”