By WES WOLFE - Kinston Free Press
— As the state government moves funding from regional
economic development groups and puts that responsibility under the
Department of Commerce,
’s Eastern Region moves forward to becoming a private nonprofit.
The organization, currently covering 13
Eastern North Carolina
counties, is refocusing its mission as it makes those changes.
a meeting with the media last week, NCER President and CEO John Chaffee
said there had been some “mission creep” with NCER as it sought
different methods for attracting commerce to the area.
a meeting with state legislators, NCER was asked to promote filmmaking
in the region, in the hopes it would lead to higher tourism. That’s one
of the jobs the new private entity will not be pursuing. One of the main
goals, Chaffee said, is to increase the work skills of the region’s
residents and bring that knowledge base to prospective companies. More here.