CFEDC Presents ‘FOCUS: Framework on Our Future’ at WHQR

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Date(s) - 04/28/2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHQR Gallery


The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) will present a community conversation on “FOCUS: Framework for Our Future,” at 6 p.m., April 28, at WHQR Gallery, 254 N. Front St., Suite 300, Wilmington, N.C.

Under a federal grant, the FOCUS consortium formed in 2012 to support local government­ efforts to coordinate planning and create a regional plan for sustainable development in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. For ideas, FOCUS engaged public and elected officials, held more than 40 meetings and received more than 4,000 public comments. Now, they have a draft plan, or framework, to present for public input.

“It’s important for the community to see what FOCUS has accomplished, to join in the discussion, and to learn about how they or their organization can become involved,” says Hillary Meinheit, CFEDC chair.

Jennifer Rigby, long range planner for New Hanover County and consortium chair, FOCUS Project Director Al Sharp and FOCUS Project Manager Adrienne Cox will discuss the 10 strategies the consortium has identified for moving from the grant stage to the implementation phase of the FOCUS project.

During a presentation of the findings, attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on the plan and will learn how to become part of the effort. FOCUS will make their data available to community organizations to use in grant applications for funding public/private projects that move the 10 strategies forward.

“As we position our region for the future, the great work FOCUS has accomplished will provide a valuable opportunity to coordinate the many local government efforts, build sustained partnerships, communicate best practices and success stories, and monitor progress on implementation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with Cape Fear Economic Development Council,” says Rigby.

The CFEDC organization represents a vision for the future economic development of the Cape Fear region that is actionable, sustainable, and that builds on existing strengths of the region. “Quality of place” is the lynchpin of the region’s future. A competitive educational system, thriving arts and culture, and natural beauty are guarantees of that quality. For more information, go to

For more information, contact:
Hillary Meinheit, Chair, Cape Fear Economic Development Council
Phone: 910.409.5104

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