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Economic Development Board Strategic Plans

In the summer of 2013, the new Economic Development Board, consisting of 23 gubernatorial appointees, four appointees each from the North Carolina House and Senate, and nine ex-officio appointees, came together to assess the North Carolina economy, our competitive factors, and the economic development landscape.

The Board laid out a process to develop recommended strategies for a new 10-year plan for state economic development. Eight committees were established to focus on eight strategic planning areas and to develop the recommendations for the plan.

Economic Development Board Committees

  1. Targeted Growth Clusters
  2. Business Climate
  3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4. Talent and Retirement Attraction
  5. Education and Workforce Development
  6. Rural Prosperity
  7. Community Development
  8. Structure (Delivery of Services) and Metrics of Success

Each committee was charged with gathering information and providing recommendations. Ultimately these recommendations will be incorporated – in conjunction with the new strategic plans presently underway related to transportation, infrastructure, workforce development, education, agriculture, energy policy and military strategies – to create a 10-year comprehensive and aligned economic development strategy for North Carolina.

While the committees were carrying out their work, the Secretary of Commerce and the Governor’s economic advisors held listening tour events in each of the eight Prosperity Zones across the state to gather input from a broad range of North Carolinians. Over 1,000 people attended these forums and discussed the economic issues we are facing. Input was also gathered through 1,100 written and electronic surveys.

The feedback reinforced that North Carolina is a diverse state with different needs and priorities in each of the Zones. Health services, agriculture, hospitality/tourism, information technology, and energy were identified as important areas to focus on. Manufacturing remains important. International engagement was cited as essential to future business and state economic success. Workforce skills training, investments in infrastructure, and more aggressive marketing and branding were common refrains across all Zones.

Strategic Plans  I  Updates and Accomplishments  I  Annual Reports

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