Cape Fear Economic Development Council

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

This week the North Carolina Economic Development Association held its annual conference in Wrightsville Beach. It brought those in the state and international economic development community together for a series of workshops. Here in the Cape Fear region, economic development is a high priority -- especially with the 421 Corridor now ripe for new development. The various groups involved here are not always on the same page.

Vince Winkel

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council is a Wilmington-based group that advocates for sustainable economic development.  At a recent meeting, they looked at whether state or local governments are best-suited to lead development efforts. 

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These audio files are the raw, unedited tape from the January 22, 2013 meeting of the Cape Fear Economic Development Council in the WHQR Gallery.

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Six panelists plucked from diverse positions in the community explored the need for and the pathways to economic growth in the Greater Wilmington Area. 

And while they acknowledged the issues that keep them up at night, the words “collaboration” and “partnership” recurred as a common theme. 

A Titan Cement plant would bring about 48 jobs to New Hanover County – not the 720 originally quoted by an earlier economic impact study.  That’s according to a new analysis paid for by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, an environmental advocacy group.

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council produced a candidates' forum, in the WHQR MC Erny Gallery, with a focus on economic issues facing New Hanover County.  All six candidates for the three open seats on the Board of Commissioners participated.  Julie Martin, producer, organizer, and mistress of ceremonies introduced the evening by contextualizing the current state of the economy. 

Six candidates hoping to win one of three open seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners gathered in the WHQR Gallery last night to talk about the county’s economy. 

Economic development was the focus at last night’s forum for New Hanover County Commission candidates.

The current set of film incentives is set to expire in 2014, and Republican state lawmakers have made no secret that the controversial package could be on the chopping block – as part of tax reform efforts.  At a New Hanover County Commissioner candidate forum last night -- sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council – the six candidates vying for three seats on the Commission offered distinctly differing views on whether film incentives serve the county.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports.

The six candidates for New Hanover County Commission discussed their ideas on economic development last night at a forum sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the candidates were asked to explain their solutions for the county’s waste disposal problem.

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council hosted a community conversation in WHQR’s Gallery Space last night.