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.

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Client Feedback-“Graham will benefit from aggressively pursuing many of the policies you recommended with the ED plan. I LOVE the action steps and the way you all laid them out. I am very impressed with the quality!” Nathan Page, Planning Director, Graham, NC. 

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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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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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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Recent Board Retreat Facilitation

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

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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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Chapin, SC Economic Development Strategic Plan

Chapin is loved by newcomers and long-standing residents alike. They want Chapin to maintain the small-town feel that drew them there, or kept them from ever leaving. Using sustainable development practices, the strategic plan seeks to maintain Chapin’s uniqueness and beauty, provide local employment opportunities to reduce commuting, and ensure a revenue stream that will…

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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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Economic Impact and Return on Investment

Creative EDC uses IMPLAN to estimate the economic 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, and corporate clients. Over the last year, we have completed economic impact studies of manufacturers, breweries, retail, and a whole downtown district. Please see our blog…

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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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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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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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Craft Beer Feasibility Study for Haw River, NC

Haw River, NC asked the team of Creative EDC and Applied Marketing to determine whether it is feasible to attract and develop a craft beer cluster. The craft beer industry has had remarkable growth in the U.S. Many small towns have benefited from niche breweries becoming destination locations. Haw River desires to kick-start downtown revitalization…

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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 is 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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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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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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Economic Development Strategic Plan for Clinton, SC

The Clinton Economic Development Strategic Plan focuses on making Clinton attractive to people and business. Existing business retention and expansion, amenity development, downtown development, communications, and product development are a few of the recommended areas of work. The Town Council formally adopted the strategic plan in June of 2015.

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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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Executive Searches

Creative EDC supported executive searches in the City of Burlington, Greenville Utilities, Transylvania County, Wilkes County, and Lee County. 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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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, and impact analysis support to the NC Southeast Partnership. On a daily basis, our team supports recruitment projects across the 15-county region.

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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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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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Economic Development Strategic Plan for Transylvania County, NC

In September 2014, Creative EDC was engaged to provide organizational development services to the re-structured Transylvania Partnership. Over the next six months, the organization transitioned from a county department to a public-private partnership. Creative EDC provided interim management, organizational development, and executive search services. In the spring of 2015, we initiated a strategic planning process…

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Best Practices in Funding Product Development, Henderson County, NC

Creative EDC researched current trends and best practices in funding product development for the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. More economic development organizations are looking for ways to provide dedicated funding for product development rather than ask for one-time, one-off appropriations. We delivered a list of funding mechanisms that have been successful in other…

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