About Us

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To be the “Go-To” economic development consulting firm for innovation, creativity, and implementable solutions.


To develop unique approaches to economic development challenges that help our clients reach their goals.

About Creative

We are a firm that likes to color outside the lines – addressing the challenges communities face with creative solutions. While we understand many communities face similar challenges in economic development, what sets us apart is our approach to helping you overcome those challenges. Just as kids transform cardboard boxes in to magical playplaces, we look at economic development projects and see the opportunity to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.

We are also an entrepreneurial firm with unique tools in our toolkit. In 2014, we launched the first online assessment tool for product development, CreativeSiteAssessment.com. In 2015, through a joint venture partnership, Creative EDC re-launched the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® program. That same year we launched the Certified Industrial Buildings Program with strategic partner ECS Southeast. In 2018, CBOSS-Creative Back Office Suite of Services was developed.  It is the first back office services for economic development organizations.  These are just a few of the innovative, new paths we are forging in economic development.

Creative EDC was launched in 2012 by Crystal Morphis, CEcD. With more than 20 years of economic development experience, including leading a county EDO and ten years as a managing partner in a consulting practice, she decided to start a firm that provides innovative consulting approaches with a commitment to giving back (see The Creative Philosophy). The firm has grown to include experienced researchers, tech talent, strategic thinkers, and a wide range of strategic partners. From our creative team come creative ideas for you. Meet the team.


of clients would refer us to a colleague


of clients say we meet or exceed expectations


of clients every year are repeat customers

Creative EDC Headquarters in Historic Downtown Elkin, NC

Creative Economic Development Consulting