Economic Development


Rick Paxton is a newcomer to the Leland Town Council race. He’s an adjunct professor at Campbell University, a U.S. military veteran, and teaches concealed carry classes. He wants to see Leland’s economic growth benefit its citizens, and not impact their wallets. 


Steve Shuttleworth is the only incumbent running for Carolina Beach Town Council. He’s a land developer and real estate broker, and has served on council since 2011. He wants to continue prioritizing business and tourism, as well as the interests of local residents.

Jay Healy is running for a seat on Carolina Beach Town Council. His biggest concern? Finding a qualified town manager. With such a large budget, he says hiring the right person will save the town a lot of money. His other main priority is saving the town’s character.

Vince WInkel

Southeastern North Carolina is the fastest growing part of the state. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. New Hanover County – 328 square miles, almost half of it water – is no slouch either. It’s the 8th most populous county in the state and is also growing. WHQR has part 3 of our series on economic development in the Cape Fear Region.

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Design for the Brunswick County Northwest Water Treatment Plant upgrade and new pipeline are on schedule, according to County officials. That’s important, because water is a key to growth and development. Brunswick County in recent years has seen the largest population growth of all the state’s counties, according to the U.S. Census. It also ranked fourth in the nation for percentage growth for counties. WHQR continues its series on economic development, with a visit to Brunswick County.

Vince Winkel

The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR goes to Pender County.

Vince Winkel

The trade war with China and other U.S. allies is hitting close to home, as Bladen County just earned a unique distinction. According to research by the Brookings Institution, Bladen County ranks 4th among all U.S. counties that could be hurt by President Donald Trump's tariffs. 

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The groundbreaking has begun at the Water Street Parking Deck. On Monday a mini-excavator put on a show for city officials, as a symbolic kick-off to the demolition. The parking deck, built in 1966, is coming down to make room for the 13-story River Place project.

Vince Winkel

The future of planning for New Hanover County will be front and center this week. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a Joint Work Session with the County Planning Board this Thursday, to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance.  There are actually two meetings planned for this Thursday.

Brunswick County and Wilmington Business Development now have a formal agreement outlining opportunities for cooperation on the economic development front.  The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership, another regional economic development entity that is, like WBD, a public-private partnership, has approved requests by three counties to become part of their organization’s geography and marketing.   Craven, Lenoir, and Moore Counties.  The brings the number to 18 of counties marketed by the Southeastern Partnership – which is based in Elizabethtown.  That’s in Bladen County. 

Vince Winkel

Some of the world’s best golfers will descend on Wilmington in just under three weeks for the Wells Fargo Golf Championship. The event at Eagle Point Golf Club is projected to drive millions of dollars into the local economy and millions of TV viewers for the tournament. It’s prompted a new marketing initiative for the Cape Fear Region, but its focus is not on tourism. It's economic development. 

Vince Winkel

Officials from Wilmington and New Hanover County held a special joint meeting to discuss the Garner Report. The City Council and County Commissioners gathered Thursday afternoon to grade themselves on the progress made, since the 2014 Garner Report, called “Pathways to Prosperity”, was published.  Of the 21 recommendations on economic development, there is progress to report on several fronts. 

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Economic development is the way municipalities, counties, states, and nations improve the quality of life for its citizens.  Economic growth is one element and can be a metric for measuring that.  In pursuit that growth, communities often lay out a blueprint – a vision – that details how they would like to see that growth unfold. 

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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 29, 2015. 

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

The development of the Cape Fear region – which includes Pender and Brunswick Counties – is all about coordinated strategy.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 13, 2014. 

What’s the best way to grow while staying true to the Port City’s historic legacyand what are the challenges to growth downtown we still face? 

PPD

Economic growth strategy is dominating conversations from neighborhood associations to cities and counties -- to the state and federal levels.  New Hanover County Commissioners recently paid for an analysis on the best ways to grow the area’s economy.  

NC Dept. of Commerce

Unemployment is down across most of North Carolina.  That’s according to the latest analysis from the Department of Commerce.  

UNCW

The expansion of the Digital Corridor is one of Charleston, South Carolina’s chief growth strategies.

Garner Economics, LLC

New Hanover County is well-positioned to serve international markets through its port facilities, but the area doesn’t have sufficient access to national markets.