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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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Moore County Entrepreneurship Hub

Moore County has a burgeoning culture of entrepreneurship that can be cultivated to drive economic recovery and resiliency in distressed areas of the county. That culture of entrepreneurship is supported by a local and regional talent pipeline, exiting and retiring military, higher education institutions, and a regional entrepreneurship network. What has been missing is a …

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Hugh Chatham Health Care Strategic Plan

Hugh Chatham is a leading rural hospital and healthcare system in North Carolina. Creative EDC facilitated a strategic plan that reinforced the organization’s vision, mission, values, and pillars. On that foundation, the planning process identified six strategic priorities: talent, reliability, technology, sustainability, brand, and expanding market share.   Nationally, healthcare is facing many challenges. The pandemic put an enormous …

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Golden Leaf Foundation Strategic Plan

Creative EDC partnered with Economic Leadership to facilitate a strategic plan for Golden LEAF, one of North Carolina’s most important economic development institutions. Golden LEAF’s new strategic plan is designed to increase the Foundation’s effectiveness, efficiency, and impact, establish priorities, provide organizational direction, communicate to internal and external stakeholders, and simplify decision-making. It positions Golden LEAF as a source …

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City of Williamsburg, VA Target Industry Validation & Action Plan

In 2019, Creative EDC and strategic partner Applied Marketing completed a Target Industry Validation and Action Plan to enhance the City of Williamsburg’s value proposition. Williamsburg’s economy is centered around tourism, primarily Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary. The target sectors of tourism and hospitality, professional and technical services, and business support …

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Cleveland County EDP, NC Strategic Plan

Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership (CCEDP) is well-known for its genius talent-recruitment campaign Charlotte’s Backyard. The award-winning marketing campaign put Cleveland County on the map –for people and business. CCEPD engaged Creative EDC to update their strategic plan, building upon their success. The process included a SWOT Analysis, benchmarking, economic trends research, stakeholder engagement, best …

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ElectriCities Strategic Plan Program

ElectriCities has sponsored strategic planning for its member cities since 2003. Crystal Morphis was the team leader on most of the strategic plans. Creative EDC began updating city strategic plans in 2017, and has completed 19. The ElectriCities statewide strategic planning program is so successful that it has been expanded twice. In addition to strategic …

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Greer Development Corporation, SC Strategic Plan

Greer has many assets to leverage for economic development. With guidance from Creative Economic Development Consulting, the Greer Development Corporation undertook a strategic planning process to take a fresh look at economic development strategies to best achieve its mission. The strategic plan defined GDC’s role in the region as increasing opportunities for existing business growth, …

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Chester County Economic Development, SC Strategic Plan

Chester County used to be like most rural counties –declining population, few job opportunities, lacking business opportunities – but not anymore. Chester County is transforming into a suburban community of the greater Charlotte and Columbia regions. This transformational time made it ideal to update the Chester County Economic Development Strategic Plan. The strategic plan expanded …

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Blacksburg Partnership, VA Strategic Plan

The Blacksburg Partnership vision is to be the catalyst making Blacksburg a vibrant place to live, work, learn, and play by convening businesses, Virginia Tech, and the Town of Blacksburg. The organization engaged Creative Economic Development Consulting to head their strategic planning process to ensure that the Partnership remains laser-focused on core mission – advocacy, …

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Lincoln Economic Development Association, NC SWOT Analysis

Lincoln County was noted as “easily one of the top five economic development organizations in the state” in interviews with staff at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. In order to maintain its top competitive position, Creative Economic Development Consulting facilitated a SWOT analysis for Lincoln County Economic Development Association as part of a …

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Wilkes County Economic Development Corporation, NC Action Plan

Wilkes Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has a track record of working closely with businesses and the community to find unique solutions to economic challenges. The Action Plan for Economic Development calls for the EDC to step up its leadership role to guide the community to make strategic investments that will support long-term, sustainable growth. The …

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Recent CBOSS Projects

Creative Back Office Suite of Services, CBOSS, provides quick turnaround consulting services.  One example is supporting Berkeley County Economic Development, SC in summarizing the revenue impacts of incentive agreements. Our team helped Berkeley County by establishing a system to track all incentive agreements and the resulting revenue impacts.  Previous projects include services to Mecklenburg County, Cleveland County, NC Southeast, Sampson County, Chester County, …

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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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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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North Carolina’s 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. In 2020, Economic Leadership and Creative EDC updated target …

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