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Going Green

Creative EDC took our commitment to sustainable development to another level. Crystal Morphis became a LEED Green Associate this fall. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is redefining the way we think about how we develop the places we live, work, and learn. Why would an economic developer want to learn about LEED? Most …

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Creative Site Assessment Launches

Earlier this year we were brainstorming best practices in product development and technology in economic development and wondered what would happen if we put the two together. We did just that in our new online site assessment tool – CreativeSiteAssessment.com. http://www.creativesiteassessment.com/   We believe workforce development is the #1 challenge in economic development. The #2 …

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Lead Generation At Home

I love teaching.  I love inquisitive minds.  I love hard questions.  I love to see the light bulb go off.   All of these things happened in my Business Retention and Expansion class at UNC Chapel Hill a couple of weeks ago.  I have had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer on BRE in the Basic …

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Bob Comer Appointed to Board

Bob Comer was recently appointed to the Board of Commissioners in his home town of Dobson, NC. He will serve for a year and a half, filling the seat of a board member who passed away. Bob is no stranger to local government. He served as Dobson Town Manager for five years in the 80s. …

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Morphis Interview on Public Radio

Will NC Tax Reform Equal New Business? http://www.wunc.org/post/will-ncs-new-business-tax-rate-equal-new-business North Carolina Public Radio interviewed Creative EDC Founder and CEO Crystal Morphis about the reduction of the corporate income tax rate signed into law last week by Governor McCrory. The new law will reduce the corporate tax from 6.9% to 6.0% in 2014.  In 2015, the corporate …

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120 Websites & Counting

How did Stokes County develop 120 websites for small business? One out-of-the-box economic developer, a grant, and lots of creativity. Alan Wood is the economic developer in Stokes County, NC. Soon after arriving in this small, rural, foothills community, Alan realized that his economic development strategy would have to be different. Stokes County is home …

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Happy 4th of July

Everyone at Creative EDC, would like to wish you a Happy & Relaxing 4th of July.

Redeveloping My Home Town

Creative EDC talks about downtown redevelopment a lot. Now, we are walking the walk. We moved into The Liberty, a new redevelopment project in downtown Elkin, Crystal’s home town.     The Liberty Tobacco Warehouse was built in 1917, one of two tobacco warehouses on East Main Street, Elkin. By 1942 the building was being used …

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NCEDA Conference

Look for Crystal Morphis and Bob Comer at the NCEDA Annual Conference next week. Hope to see you there!

Manufacturing On My Mind

Manufacturing is on my mind this week. It may be on my mind because I am developing a presentation for the NC Community College System Economic Development Conference and the conference topic is manufacturing. Or, it could be on mind because I will do my best to deplete inventories of manufactured goods on Black Friday. …

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Transforming Garner

We like to tell Garner’s story almost as much as Tony Beasley, Garner Economic Development Director. It is a story of a vacant building that is being leveraged into a transformational economic development opportunity. If you want to learn more after reading our post, contact Tony in Garner, NC. He is willing to share lessons …

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