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.