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  • Wilmington Luncheon Recap

    Over 40 attendees participated in the 2019 Eastern Regional Networking Luncheon presented by ECS Southeast, that was held September 26 in Wilmington. Luncheon attendees heard a compelling presentation by veteran economic development leader Penny Whiteheart, who facilitated a discussion on how to get maximum benefits......

  • Time Management in the Digital Age (video)

    Most time management advice encourages a focus on the important rather than the urgent. But such approaches may be incompatible with the 21st century, when technology constantly bombards us with deadlines. Alex Edmans, a Professor of Finance at the London Business School, offers conceptual perspectives......

  • White House Launches ‘Opportunity Zones’ Website

    The Trump Administration is rolling out a new website to educate the public about Opportunity Zones, a federal program designed to bring new jobs, investment, companies and residents to distressed and low-income areas. White House Domestic Policy Adviser Joe Grogan said the Administration is committed......

  • Manufacturing Survey Shows Worst Reading in a Decade

    A widely watched manufacturing index showed last month as the weakest month for the US factory sector since June 2009. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) purchasing managers’ index came in at 47.8% for September — the second consecutive month of contraction. Figures below 50%......

  • Gerlach Affirms ECU’s Commitment to Economic Development

    In a luncheon speech at the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Interim ECU Chancellor Dan Gerlach linked economic hopes for eastern North Carolina to his university’s mission. “I don’t think the east can do well unless East Carolina University does well,” Gerlach said. Future economic development......

  • RCCC Offers Students Emergency Financial Assistance Through Finish Line Grants

    Eva Nicholson knows the value of a Finish Line Grant, the financial assistance program launched in 2018 to help North Carolina community college students complete their studies. As a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Nicholson juggled coursework, family responsibilities and the busy role of Student......

  • A Message from NCEDA President Patricia Mitchell

    The arrival of Hurricane Dorian this week is a vivid reminder that business continuity is central to the value NCEDA members bring to their communities. Often spearheaded through Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) programs, economic development practitioners work to help employers limit disruption from both......

  • ARC to Target Recovery-to-Work Model in Strengthening Substance Abuse Program

    Widespread misunderstanding about addiction and recovery negatively influences public programs and employer practices, limiting the effectiveness of strategies that aim to move recovering addicts back into the workforce. Limited knowledge and negative attitudes about substance abuse raise barriers to returning to a productive life. The......

  • US Manufacturing Contracts for the First Time in Three Years Amid China Trade War

    The manufacturing sector was considered one of the big winners under the Trump administration, notching big gains in employment and activity. But that now appears to be nullified by the trade war. The ISM US manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 49.1% in August, the......

  • Supply Isn’t the Issue in the Labor Market

    While employers continue to complain about workforce shortages, net job creation slowed in the US as of August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But Regions Bank Chief Economist Richard Moody cautions that “headline” numbers don’t tell the entire story. “That job growth has......