The Southeast Compass-Fall 2017

From the President: “The Power of Connection”

About 220 miles separate New Bern from Wadesboro, and the two communities differ in many ways. Still, regionalism provides natural links that create a common denominator. Both are part of the Southeast Region and share a vision for leveraging distinctive assets and amenities in shaping a destination for 21st century industries and companies. Read More.

Southeast Launches New Strategic Plan

In the past three years, efforts by The Southeastern Partnership helped result in the arrival of 18 new companies to the region, the creation of 3,644 jobs and capital investment totaling $838 million. Those results were driven from a carefully considered strategic plan launched in 2014. In July, the region embarked on an even more ambitious strategy that seeks to build on those numbers. Read More.

Regional Footprint Grows with Admission of Craven, Lenoir and Moore

When the board of The Southeastern Partnership approved the addition of three counties, it resulted in an obvious expansion of the Southeast Region’s population, workforce and geographical footprint. But the board’s unanimous vote, made in February, also added numerous industrial sites and parks, military assets, tourism attractions, agricultural resources, workforce amenities and more to the region’s marketing appeal. Read More.

Drone Videos Enlisted to Market Southeast Properties

Unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly called “drones” – help the U.S. military gather intelligence and enable first-responders to assess damage from natural disasters. They are also now helping economic developers give clients and consultants a birds-eye view of industrial properties. As part of a group arrangement for its 18 counties, NC Southeast is helping make high-quality drone videos a key regional marketing tool. Read More.

Yost, Pope Elected to NCEDA top positions, joining other Southeast Leaders

Meeting in Wrightsville Beach in June, members of the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) elected officers for 2017-2018 and they include names that are very familiar in the Southeast Region. Read More.

EDPNC Officials Make Two-Day Visit to Region

Economic development leaders from each of the Southeast’s 18 counties joined a team of state business recruiters from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) for a two-day series of briefings, presentations and networking. The event, held in Elizabethtown’s Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in March, marked the third time in three years The Southeastern Partnership has gathered local, regional and state development professionals under a single roof for candid, face-to-face dialogue on mutual opportunities. Read More.

Partnership Board Meets at NC Ports

North Carolina’s ports account for over $14 billion in economic impact for the state, according to a 2014 analysis by North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Port activities supported 76,000 jobs and spurred $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues. Read More.

Latest Regional Profile Now Available

The 2017-18 Southeast Regional Profile is out. The 16-page booklet is an easy to read guide to the region’s economy, businesses and people. The profile outlines the region’s transportation systems, educational institutions, utilities, business costs and quality of life. It also lists the region’s target industry clusters and major private employers. Read More.

Recent Regional Marketing Events: Read More.