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CFEDC Presents: Pathways to Prosperity: Translating the Garner Report into Action Items, April 22nd

by CFEDC on April 22, 2014

When: Tuesday April 22, 6 PM
Where: WHQR Galler, 254 N Front Street, Third Floor (downtown Wilmington)

The recent “Pathways to Prosperity” report presented by Garner Economics at the request of the New Hanover County Commissioners provided several recommendations for retooling our regional approach to economic development. The recommendations were summarized as part of a three part plan: Improve Execution (i.e. create a county staff role with responsibility for economic development), Improve Product (i.e. set aside sustainable funding for county economic development efforts). and Communicate / Market (i.e. appoint local business people as brand ambassadors).

Shortly after a draft copy of the report reached the public, a panel discussion at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Power Breakfast event entitled “Special Sauce” briefly discussed highlights of the draft report in an effort to help identify a path forward for the region. Much of the discussion turned on the topic of the conflicting recommendations in the report to refine AND eliminate New Hanover County’s Special User Permit (SUP) ordinance. By the end of the discussion, however, it was clear that groups normally seen as competing agreed more often than not. As a result, panelists set themselves a challenge: set aside differences, seek out common interests and find ways to collaborate on reaching our regional economic development goals.

Cape Fear Economic Development Council is pleased to invite “Special Sauce” panelists to join a dialog about collaboration on achieving goals set out in the Pathways to Prosperity report:

Jim Bradshaw, Executive Director of Brunswick County Economic Development
Hal Kitchin, 2013 Chairman of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board
Scott Satterfield, CEO of Wilmington Business Development
Robin Spinks, Vice Chair of The Coalition for Economic Advancement
This event is part of the organization’s bimonthly “CFEDC Presents” series. The CFEDC is a non-profit organization working to fulfill the need for leadership in sustainable economic development and job creation in Wilmington and the Cape Fear region.

As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome. Join us at 6 PM for a beverage; and the discussion will begin by 6:15 PM.

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