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WEDN 2022 Round Up

The theme of this year’s forum was COVID Accelerated Everything – What’s Next? We dove into how COVID has impacted industrial real estate, entrepreneurship, city planning, family friendly workplace policies, and a host of other topics. This year we gave out copies of Adam Grant’s book Think Again. It is apropos given our theme and …

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Wage Measures 201 –Educating Community Stakeholders on this Important Metric

One of an economic developer’s roles is to educate local officials on economic development principles, best practices, and trends. We have had some discussions lately on how to help local officials understand the different wage metrics that can be used for incentive and grant programs. The terms average wage, manufacturing wage, poverty wage, and living …

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How does your project MEASURE UP?

Now more than ever before, communities are looking for growth in economic activity to “get back to normal’.  Opportunities for new investment and jobs often means developing a clear communications strategy to brief local and state government partners on the potential for the project, or even to advocate for public investments or actions to support …

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Summer of YES

It is hard to imagine in our lifetimes a summer more anticipated and full of promise than the summer of 2021. Opportunity and possibility are everywhere we look, especially when compared to last year when the world seemed so closed and unpredictable. Books may be a part of your plans for a sweet summer or …

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The Secret Sauce to a Long Career in Economic Development – Advice from the Best

What is the key to staying in the same position, in the same community for a long time and continuing to be successful? In a profession of musical chairs, what’s the secret sauce to longevity? We asked six economic developers who have been in the same position in the same community for more than 20 …

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EDOs are Updating Strategic Plans to Carpe Diem

Disruption in the economy, changing marketing and communications strategies, and growing/declining sectors make this a good time to update your strategic plan. Which sectors should I focus on? What marketing strategies are best now? What’s the best way to help small businesses recover? These are a few of the questions our clients have been asking. …

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Ever wish you had a back office to tackle your to-do list?

Creative EDC has a Back Office Suite of Services for EDOs that allows you to stay focused on the important tasks each day. We developed the back office to support research requests, surveys, reporting, content development, and other short-term projects. Maybe you’ve thought about hiring a part-timer/freelancer but hesitated because you would have to spend …

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2021 North Carolina Economic Development Salary Survey

Ensuring your economic development organization has a competitive pay and benefits structure is critical to recruiting and retaining talented people. With 38% reporting retirement plans within the next 10 years, it’s more important than ever for economic development organizations (EDOs) to evaluate compensation structure to recruit future talent and keep the pipeline strong. This survey, …

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WEDN 2021 Virtual Meeting Series

Leadership, inclusiveness, entrepreneurship, marketing, and women’s employment trends were the topics of this year’s Learn and Lead Forum. We learned how to be better leaders in our organizations, communities, and profession while connecting with colleagues across the southeast. This year, WEDN was four lunch and learn virtual meetings. Dr. Karen Dyer kicked off the meeting …

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7 Tips for Virtual Job Interviews

The dos and don’ts for virtual job interviews can be applied to most important virtual meetings. We compiled the list after having supported two recent executive searches for county-level EDOs (Vance and Chatham Counties, NC).  Virtual interviews became common place due to the pandemic, but they are here to stay for at least the early …

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