Saturday, June 08, 2013

Craven leaders consider new twist in economic development plan

 By Sue Book, Sun Journal Staff

Consultants hired to draft a Craven County strategic economic development plan suggest the best way to get jobs is with a multi-government, business and civic nonprofit partnership group.

The unexpected conclusion about how to replace the Craven County Economic Development Commission, which was dissolved and its staff eliminated about a year ago, was relayed to Craven County Board of Commissioners last week in a budget work session.

The steering committee got the report from RKG Associates Inc. at a meeting recently and plan to present it more formally to commissioners after they have digested and analyzed its contents more thoroughly, probably in June.

The recommendation for a 501(C)3 nonprofit group comes just as Craven County Manager Jack Veit is set to interview a second round of candidates for a new county staff position for economic development, which is funded in the proposed budget. More here.

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