Regional academic leaders present 2012 economic profile


April 17, 2012By Samantha Freda

If you have been wondering where to find information on the southeast region of North Carolina, such as the average price of homes in Brunswick County or how many acres of farmland there are in Sampson County, look no further than the 2012 edition of North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Profile, an almanac of regional data.

Business faculty members from UNC Wilmington, UNC Pembroke and Fayetteville State University collaborate each year to produce the most recent information on the economic environment of the 11-county region.

The 55-page regional economic profile will be available in both print and electronic versions. Included in it is information on the region’s economy, workforce, population, transportation and educational assets, industrial infrastructure and quality of life.

“It’s a standard part of the assistance we provide North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership as a partner in the regional economic development process,” Dr. William Hall, senior economist at UNCW’s Swain Center for Business and Economic Services and a professor of economics at the Cameron School of Business, said in a press release.

The profile is designed to be tool that supports decision making for business leaders inside and outside the southeast region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Carolina Sandhills.

“It’s everything in a single document that business people need when they’re weighing expansion or relocation options,” Dr. Hall said.

The profile will be officially released on Wednesday, April 18th, at University of North Carolina Wilmington, when academic officials from the three participating universities will document to Jane W. Smith, chairman of North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership.

“Job creation and business growth in the southeast region is a team sport,” Smith said in a press release. “We have long been able to rely on our excellent university partners in gathering and organizing accurate, relevant and credible data that provides a concise snapshot of everything our region has to offer.”

For more information contact Jennifer Mackethan at 962-2237 or visit, where the 2012 profile will be available for download after its print version presentation.