North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2017

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10 N o r t h C a r o l i N a E C o N o m i C D E v E l o p m E N t G u i D E hough North Carolina consistently lands at or near the top of national business-climate rankings, the state isn't resting on its laurels. Two years ago, the state created a public-private partnership to tackle job-recruitment, tourism-promotion, international-trade and other efforts previously handled by the state Commerce department. While several high-profile projects and events have bypassed the state due to the controversial public-accommodations law commonly known as House Bill 2, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina remains steadfast in its efforts to recruit business. The group is led by Christopher Chung, who came to the Cary- based organization in 2015 after helping launch a similar effort in Missouri. The nonprofit EDPNC enables the state to tap into additional private resources, allowing it to be more aggressive and wide-reaching in its efforts to connect with companies looking to move or expand here, Chung says. He explains how the partnership works with businesses in carrying out its five core functions: recruiting new companies, taking care of existing employers, promoting North Carolina exports, promoting the state for travel and tourism, and providing counseling for small businesses and startups. Comments were edited for brevity and clarity. Local, state and private groups work together to attract industry and promote tourism in North Carolina. s t a t e w i d e | Q + A resource rich T BRYAN REGAN

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