Our Work

Creative EDC consults on a wide range of projects with an even wider range of clients. The diversity of work keeps our creative juices flowing – a necessity for us and a benefit for you.

100% of Creative EDC clients would recommend us to a colleague.

Moore County Partners in Progress engaged Creative EDC to clarify and distill our strategic plan into a document that correlated the plan’s strategies with a defined county situation analysis. The result was a succinct and targeted analysis that was compelling and very easy to understand. The outcome refined our strategic effort and illuminated priorities. The Creative team was diligent, insightful, and cost effective. – Pat Corso, Executive Director, Moore County Partners in Progress, NC

Greenville, NC Industrial Site Assessment

In order to attract companies to invest in Greenville and create quality jobs, the city needs an inventory of quality industrial sites. Greenville engaged Creative EDC to conduct a site analysis and advise the city on the best options for industrial property development. With the assistance of city staff, Creative EDC investigated a host of…

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Zebulon Economic Development Work Plan and Existing Business Retention and Expansion Program

The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce engaged Creative EDC to develop a BRE program and outline an economic development work plan. The Chamber’s BRE Program has four goals: retain existing businesses, facilitate growth and expansion, enhance the business climate, and strengthen the community partnership with business. These four goals will be achieved through visitation and surveying…

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Caswell County, NC Economic Development Action Plan

Caswell County is working hard to reinvigorate its economy. Like many small, rural counties with persistent low income levels, it struggles to attract jobs that pay a better-than-average wage. Those new jobs are needed to increase tax base, which in turn will support improved government services, economic diversification to help weather recessions, and reduced out-commuting,…

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Onward NRV Strategic Plan

The mission statement validated in the strategic plan for Onward NRV, the economic development organization for the New River Valley region in Virginia, is: “Attracting and retaining world-class jobs, investment, and talent to the New River Valley by marketing the region as a premier destination to live and do business.” The strategic plan has four…

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Recent CBOSS Projects

Creative Back Office Suite of Services, CBOSS, provides quick turnaround consulting services. In the last year we provided services to Mecklenburg County, Cleveland County, NC Southeast, Sampson County, Chester County, Triangle North, and Williamsburg. Projects have ranged from benchmarking to research for RFIs to surveys to information briefs.

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Moore County, NC Economic Trends Analysis

Moore County Partners in Progress recently completed the 2020 Strategic Action Plan for Economic Development. It calls for economic diversification by attracting defense and military businesses, manufacturing, R&D and headquarters of golf and sports businesses, and expanding health care. Partners in Progress engaged Creative EDC to complete a trends analysis that would support implementation of…

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Alamance County, NC Small Business and Entrepreneur Assessment

The Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce launched an evaluation of the small business and entrepreneur (SB/E) ecosystem to assess whether there is an opportunity to increase start-ups and help grow small businesses. The evaluation resulted in an action plan for small business and entrepreneurship that fits with the Chamber’s mission to “stimulate economic vitality.”…

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Floyd County, VA Competitive Position Analysis

The Floyd County EDA engaged Creative Economic Development Consulting to develop strategies to reverse perceived economic barriers and turn them into positives. The result will be an action plan that takes those positives and uses them to enhance the EDA’s program of work and to build a marketing strategy. The project was divided into two…

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ElectriCities Smart Sites Program

ElectriCites engaged Creative EDC to develop and implement a shovel-ready site qualification program. Smart Sites, or S2, qualifies a site as ready for development through a series of due diligence steps and community analysis. The first cities in the Smart Sites program are Tarboro, Statesville, and Wilson. ElectriCities continued the program with two more site…

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Elkin, NC Strategic Plan

Are you ALL IN FOR ELKIN? This was asked of hundreds of people at a kick-off event to launch a new revitalization effort in early 2017. Our answer was a loud “yes.” We are ALL IN for our hometown. Creative EDC donated half the cost of the strategic plan, facilitation of community focus groups, and…

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Craven County, NC Marketing Plan

The Craven 100 Alliance and Craven County Economic Development worked in partnership to create a marketing plan that will recruit new business and retain and grow existing businesses. They engaged Creative EDC to develop a marketing plan that addresses Craven County’s many target audiences. The marketing plan includes recommendations for materials, communications, website enhancements, social…

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NC Southeast Partnership

Since 2014, Creative EDC has worked as an extension of the NCSE staff providing on-demand research, client information management, e-marketing, social media, content for marketing, and impact analysis studies. In 2018 we completed an organizational benchmarking study that NCSE used in budget planning and organizational development. On a regular basis, our team supports recruitment projects…

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Lancaster County, SC Strategic Plan

Lancaster County Department of Economic Development (LCDED) enhances the quality of life in Lancaster County by recruiting and retaining quality employers. The three-year strategic plan outlines goals that support that vision, aligning business and talent recruitment, retention, and development with the target clusters. The strategic planning process included a SWOT Analysis, economic and demographic data,…

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Creative EDC Officially Certified Holy Springs, NC and Amherst County, VA as Entrepreneur-Ready in 2017

Creative EDC officially certified Holy Springs, NC and Amherst County, VA as entrepreneur-ready in 2017. In the CEC® program, communities identify two entrepreneurship initiatives that will engage and support entrepreneurs. In order to be certified, the community must accomplish tasks outlined on a Score Card for each initiative. Both communities have a vision to create…

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Catawba County EDC Spec Building Study

The Catawba County spec building program was part of the “Building for Jobs” strategic plan that placed most of the risk on the developer and offsets that risk for up to three years using local (City/County) assistance. With the sale of the first spec building, the EDC was ready to continue implementation of the spec…

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Amherst County Economic Development Strategic Plan

One Amherst, the vision for the strategic plan, brings together the whole community working in unison to create a stronger economy. Over 600 Amherst County citizens participated in the strategic plan. Amherst County is focusing on five initiatives: branding, space for business to grow, small business and entrepreneur development, education and workforce development, and leadership…

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Fayetteville

Creative EDC teamed with Fayetteville State University to complete a Regional Impact Analysis for Potential Future Reduction of Personnel at Fort Bragg and Recommendations for Economic Diversification in Cumberland, Hoke, and Harnett Counties. The study quantified the economic impact of potential changes in troop levels at Fort Bragg and developed recommendations to offset potential negative…

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Abbeville County Economic Development Strategic Plan

Abbeville County, SC is a beautiful place full of caring people who want to see it grow. The economic development strategic plan captures that passion and focuses it on strategies that will develop future leaders, retain young people, and build a stronger economy.  A few of the goals in the strategic plan are: Leadership Abbeville,…

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South Carolina I-77 Alliance

Creative EDC facilitated a strategic plan and organizational structure for a new regional alliance in South Carolina. Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York Counties formed South Carolina I-77 Alliance to leverage the major transportation corridor that links their communities to the East Coast. The Alliance will focus on marketing the region to target industry clusters shared…

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Chester County Economic Development Strategic Plan

Chester County has one of the best stories to tell in economic development and telling that story was a central theme to the 2015 economic development strategic plan. After years of investment in product development and infrastructure, Chester County was announced as the home of Giti Tire, a transformational economic development project of 1,700 jobs…

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Economic Development Strategic Plan and Board Retreats for Transylvania County, NC

Since completion of the strategic plan in 2014, Creative EDC has facilitated annual retreats to update strategies and make course corrections. The Alliance has focused on product development, completing a new spec building in 2018. In 2014, Creative EDC was engaged to provide organizational development services to the re-structured Transylvania Partnership. Over the next six…

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Alexander County Certified Industrial Building

The recently completed Alexander Railroad Shell Building has become the first “Certified” building in North Carolina. The Certified Industrial Building Program consists of a review by technical experts and includes a property condition assessment, environmental site assessment, title search, site selector review, and market area information. Developed by Creative Economic Development Consulting and ECS, Ltd.,…

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Small Business Incentives Study Asheville, NC

Small businesses make up the majority of employment across the U.S., yet it is often overlooked in economic development incentive policies. The City of Asheville asked for a best practices review of the incentive policy and specifically how it supported small businesses.  We surveyed small businesses to identify needs and interviewed service providers to identify…

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Economic Impact and Return on Investment

Creative EDC uses IMPLAN, and own analysis of impacts not estimated by IMPLAN, to estimate the impact of a wide range of projects. We have completed several economic impact analyses for ElectriCities of N.C., Inc., North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership, local EDOs, and corporate clients. Over the last year, we have completed economic impact studies of…

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Executive Searches

Creative EDC has supported executive searches in Greenville, Wilkes County, the City of Burlington, Greenville Utilities Commission, Transylvania County, and Lee County North Carolina. Our services included developing the Ideal Candidate Profile, identifying candidates, developing evaluation tools, and facilitating the search committee’s selection process.

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Board Retreat Facilitation

Creative EDC has facilitated board planning retreats for Greenville Area Development Corporation, Economic Development Authority of Amherst County, Dorchester County Economic Development, Downtown Durham, Greater Richmond Partnership and many others. The purpose of a retreat is typically to revisit the strategic plan, make course corrections if needed, and identify priorities for the coming year. Retreat…

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Site Selection

Creative EDC has been engaged by private sector clients for site selection and corporate facilities consulting. Over the firm’s history we have worked in the financial services, agriculture, manufacturing, and distribution industries.

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Greenville Area Development Corporation, SC

Greenville Area Development Corporation engaged Creative EDC to facilitate its 2016 board retreat. The board revisited the organization’s goals and set priorities for the coming year. Previously in 2013, Applied Marketing and Creative Economic Development Consulting developed a Target Industry Analysis for Greenville County, SC. As part of the scope of work, our team provided…

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