For Immediate Release:
Contact: Steve Yost, Director
NORTH CAROLINA’S SOUTHEAST RELEASES STATE OF THE REGION ECONOMIC INDICATORS REPORT
Jobs Data, Business Growth, Industry Trends to be Tracked Annually
October 12, 2011 – Elizabethtown, N.C. North Carolina’s Southeast (North Carolina Southeast Regional Economic Development Commission), the regional economic development partnership serving the 11 southeastern counties, has released its first-ever State of the Region report. The document tracks the current status of economic indicators regarding the region, including trends in industry sectors, population, job creation and losses, wages, commuter patterns, and other important measures of economic activity. The Commission intends to conduct this report annually.
“Part of our leadership role in the region is to provide accurate information and analysis concerning the state of our regional economic health,” explains Jane Smith, Chairman of North Carolina’s Southeast. The report is primarily intended for use by the region’s business, education, and government leaders and decision makers in establishing strategies that encourage economic growth in the region. “It’s a convenient, accurate and up-to-date portal into the southeast region – where it is, where it’s been and where it may be going,” Smith says.
Some highlights include:
While the Commission’s work centers on marketing and promoting the region, the State of the Region report is a candid assessment of the Southeast – including areas that need improvement.“It’s the good and the challenging – but as the primary economic development leadership organization for the region, it is our job to know where the weak spots are,” says Steve Yost, President of North Carolina’s Southeast. “Public and private leaders are then able to get together and develop viable, sustainable solutions.”
One of seven regional economic development partnerships in the state, North Carolina’s Southeast’s mission is to provide strong regional economic development leadership in southeastern North Carolina through innovative marketing and collaborative regional initiatives that will create new jobs, generate capital investment, and secure new business locations. It serves the following counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, Columbus, Hoke, New Hanover, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland. For additional information, visit www.ncse.org.
Download the full State of the Region .pdf document.