Postscript: Renewable Energy and North Carolina

On Aug. 25, 20015 at the WHQR Gallery in Wilmington, NC, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council presented a panel discussion “Renewable Energy and North Carolina: Challenges, Barriers, Policy, and Economic Opportunities.”

Attendees learned how North Carolina can become the epicenter for renewable energy and gain an understanding about the opportunities and challenges that are associated with this economic boom for the state.

Scott Johnson, CFEDC Board Member moderated. (Introduction slides)

Panelists for the event:

This expert panel discussed challenges, barriers, policy and economic opportunities for the state and our region relating to renewable energy development. A video of the event appears below.

Wilmington, NC second best place to start a business in the U.S.!

A new report finds that Wilmington, NC is the second best place to start a business in the United States.
Among the features of our region were a relatively small population, a high volume of businesses, a thriving downtown and business resources:

A growing population, strong tourism industry and proximity to the beach make this port city ideal for businesses. Wilmington has about 15 businesses for every 100 people — the highest volume of businesses in our top 10. Nearly 900 of those businesses are downtown, including Flytrap Brewing, a craft brewery, and Fuzzy Peach, a frozen yogurt chain started by three friends who met at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Businesses can join the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to get listed in its business directory, attend training seminars and go to biannual business-to-business networking expos.

This announcement is an extraordinary achievement and once again highlights the exceptional nature and quality of life in Wilmington, North Carolina. To capitalize on this in attracting entrepreneurs to the community, the CFEDC is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find the necessary resources and associates for carrying forward their development activities. For more information, contact us here!


Webinar on Living Wage Opportunities for Businesses in North Carolina

Please join the North Carolina Business Council, the American Sustainable Business Council, the North Carolina Justice Center and Cape Fear EDC for a webinar on Living Wage Opportunities for Businesses in North Carolina on March 18th from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM.

In North Carolina there are a number of organizations and communities who are considering both state and local level efforts to ensure that workers can earn enough to support their families.

In this webinar hosted by the NC Business Council and the NC Justice Center, we will share information about living wage issues and campaigns in North Carolina, practical tools for business leader engagement, and living wage success stories from Asheville, NC and across the country. Speakers from Just Economics in Asheville, NC and Businesses for a Fair Minimum Wage will present.

If you are a business owner looking to learn more about making living wages a part of your business, or if you are interested in supporting the emergence of local living wage work, this webinar is for you.


For more information contact Ethan Case of the North Carolina Business Council at  


CFEDC Meet and Greet: “Cocktails and Community”

When: Thursday October 9, 2014 from 6 PM
Where: Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Enjoy a social visit with the Board and friends of Cape Fear Economic Development Council. We will break with tradition, as we do about once a year, by hosting this social occasion solely for the purpose of meeting more like minded people and hearing input and ideas. Cape Fear EDC is in the process of planning our agenda for the coming year. We would enjoy meeting you and being inspired by your bright new insights. Several seats are open on the CFEDC board, and nominations are welcome.

There will be no speakers, no panelists and there is no particular agenda — the kind of meeting we could all use more of.

Cash bar will be available. No need to RSVP, but if you would socialize this event and invite your friends, share the Event on Facebook!