Press

2017
Oyster Entrepreneurs “There are fascinating innovations emerging in the seafood industry. CFEDC would like to see southeast North Carolina become a hub [for] those emerging businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Paul Pascarosa, chairman of the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, which is gearing up for a panel discussion this month on “Innovation and the Seafood Economy.” wilmingtonbiz.com
2016
WHAT’S THE PLAN? Responses from final public hearing for the NC Clean Power Plan held in Wilmington “If you support jobs, if you support economic impact in revenue in this state, then you support the Clean Power Plan,” Cape Fear Economic Development Council board member Scott Johnson insisted. encorepub.com
2015
FOCUS Meeting Set on Community’s Future FOCUS leaders will discuss the 10 strategies the consortium has identified for implementing the project…. 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. FOCUS leaders will discuss the 10 strategies the consortium has identified for implementing the project. During a presentation of the framework, attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on the plan and will learn how to become part of the effort. starnewsonline.com
Gathering to Talk About Alternative Energy The Cape Fear Economic Development Council will hold an informal gathering next week at Flytrap Brewing in downtown Wilmington to discuss alternative energy issues, including the region’s wind, solar and natural gas resources.The meeting won’t have a particular agenda or specific panelists, but will allow attendees to meet the board and friends of the council and talk about alternative energy. starnewsonline.com
2014
Parks and Economic Development As New Hanover County launches its comprehensive plan to accommodate the region’s projected growth, leaders are looking into the future of open spaces and parks. Tuesday night, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, or CFEDC, assembled a panel of green space proponents from the county–as well as from the City of Wilmington–to discuss ideas for new and improved public spaces. whqr.org
Ian Oeschger – Think bigger about parks W. Edwards Deming, the statistician and management consultant, famously observed that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” This may be why it’s so hard to get ourselves organized about parks in this region: We lack the tools for understanding and showing how valuable they are. I believe that if we could measure the enormous value – the “return on investment” of our common, natural spaces – we would not hesitate to work together and build something lasting and communal and connected for the whole Cape Fear. starnewsonline.com
Future of Wilmington parks, open spaces takes center stage Lawrence Craige opened a Tuesday evening panel focusing on parks in the Wilmington area by invoking Wallace Stegner, who declared national parks “the best idea we ever had.” “We all come here for the quality of life,” said Craige, the moderator of the seven-member panel. “The parks add to that.” starnewsonline.com
Waterfront Task Force will promote harbor, Riverwalk A new Wilmington group is launching to promote the harbor and the downtown Riverwalk. Capt. Doug Springer, an owner of Wilmington Water Tours, is starting the organization, which he is calling the Waterfront Task Force. “It’s really all about the harbor,” Springer said, although he said the Riverwalk will be the primary focus. starnewsonline.com
Business, development leaders discuss report on efforts to draw employers Business and development leaders took the stage Thursday to talk about a less-than-glowing critique of the region’s efforts to attract businesses and jobs. A five-person panel discussed some of the draft report’s findings at a Power Breakfast, sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, at the Wilmington Convention Center. The complete report, by consultant Jay Garner of Garner Economics in Atlanta, will be presented to the New Hanover County Commissioners Wednesday. starnewsonline.com
Business groups working to spur growth after economic study A recent study proclaimed that New Hanover County had some work to do to become “business-friendly,” giving more than 20 suggestions for making the area more appealing to industries looking to settle in or relocate. But the report, conducted by Atlanta-based Garner Economics at the request of the county commissioners, was quick to point out that county government couldn’t change the business climate on its own. starnewsonline.com
Effort aims to make New Hanover more ‘business friendly’ Leaders of local economic development groups came together Tuesday night to find a set of common goals based on a recent report designed to make New Hanover County more “business friendly.” The report, conducted by Atlanta-based Garner Economics at the request of the county commissioners, proclaimed that New Hanover had some work to do to make the area more attractive to industries and gave more than 20 recommendations. Recommendations ranged from eliminating the county’s special use permit and establishing new Cape Fear Community College courses to better public education on the current economic development efforts in the area. starnewsonline.com
Panelists Identify Economic Development Priorities At an economic development event Tuesday evening, five panelists sifted through a long list of possible actions to determine what steps they could agree on to strengthen the economic climate in New Hanover County. The event, convened by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, featured Jim Bradshaw, executive director of Brunswick County Economic Development Commission; Hal Kitchin, 2013 chairman of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board; Scott Satterfield, CEO of Wilmington Business Development; Lloyd Smith, co-founder of Cape Fear Economic Development Council; and Robin Spinks, vice chairwoman of Coalition for Economic Advancement. wilmingtonbiz.com
Panel Response to ‘Paths to Prosperity’ Report Scott Satterfield says he hears it all the time: New Hanover County doesn’t have much available land for business growth. Not true, he assures. By his meter, there are 6,000-plus acres of uplands out there that could entice covetable prospects. If only they were outfitted with the right infrastructure. portcitydaily.com
2013
Wilmington job view grim as leaders look ahead
Economic Outlook Panel
N.C. Ports Authority on track to post $3 million gain
Analysts Discuss Impact of Tax Reform on Economic Development
Industry leaders to discuss business of music at Tuesday forum
Tunes in Town: The Business of Music
Music panel advocates a bigger venue for acts
Jim Roberts, Executive Director UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2012 and earlier
Passion reigns on both sides of Titan fence
Panel discusses ideas for riverfront
Wilmington area competitive attracting businesses
New Hanover County Commissioners Candidate Forum
Economic development a key, but few solid answers in debate
Economic Impact of Titan Cement Plant
Ideas pitched at forum for economic future of area
Star News Editorial – Knowledge economy a bright spot in Wilmington’s future. Can we get there?
Supporters say arts council would boost coastal N.C. economy
New Urbanism proponent to visit Wilmington
New urbanism may offer some answers for region’s future
When economy rebounds, what jobs will be available?
Cape Fear Future
Titan Con – We should act now to stop cement plant
Cape Fear Future
Biofuel panel discussion Tuesday
New Hanover school board candidates to participate in forum
New Hanover school board hopefuls face-off at forum
Diverging visions seen for future of area’s economy