Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development Our Vision: JOED provides comprehensive Economic Development leadership to our Onslow community. Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development, Inc.

(JOED), a 501(c)6 non-profit organization founded in January of 1970. The "Committee of 100" is a partnership of investors comprised of Businesses, Individuals and Government, and operates the JOED office located in the Commerce Center.

(JOED), a 501(c)6 non-profit organization founded in January of 1970. The "Committee of 100" is a partnership of investors comprised of Businesses, Individuals and Government, and operates the JOED office located in the Commerce Center.

Mission: The Mission of JOED is to stimulate, encourage and promote economic development in Onslow County and its municipalities. We strive to accomplish this through the recruitment of new business and investment, the creation of new jobs and assisting in the retention and expansion of our existing business and industry.

Operating as usual

You have likely heard us refer to Onslow County’s emerging marine trades cluster. Projects are in the works to bring add...
08/28/2020

You have likely heard us refer to Onslow County’s emerging marine trades cluster. Projects are in the works to bring additional boat builders and related supply chain businesses to support Winter Custom Yachts, Onslow Bay Boats and Waterline Systems, among others. Continued growth can lead to the development of a regional industry cluster.

JOED is pleased that our local boatbuilders are busy and that our region’s marine services sector continues to grow. We are looking forward to continued partnership with these firms and all the others as they expand and adapt to new market forces.

Quick quiz just for fun!

What was the economic impact of recreational boating in our area?
How many direct and indirect jobs were supported by this industry?
You can find the answers and other cool marine trades facts in this infographic.

08/24/2020
Congratulations to Waterline Systems! Many thanks to the Onslow County Board of Commissioners for their support of this ...
08/24/2020
NC grant supports job creation, renovation by Hubert boat builder

Congratulations to Waterline Systems! Many thanks to the Onslow County Board of Commissioners for their support of this project!

HUBERT – Just outside the bay where work is underway on a 92-foot catamaran-style passenger ferry at the Waterline Systems facility in Hubert is a

This is hot off the Raleigh press. Congrats to our friends at Waterline Systems!                                        ...
08/21/2020

This is hot off the Raleigh press. Congrats to our friends at Waterline Systems!


“Onslow County: A $230,000 grant will support the renovation of a 191,000 square-foot building in Hubert that is occupied by Waterline Systems, Inc. The company, which manufactures welded aluminum and steel boats and barges, plans to expand its operations at this location, creating an expected 23 jobs while investing $289,900 in the project.”

https://www.nccommerce.com/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-announces-grants-rural-communities-attract-294-new-jobs-and-more

JOED is happy to have been a part of this, and many, many thanks to our County Commissioners for their support for Waterline Systems' application.

Attention Onslow County Businesses: Please ask your employees if they have participated in the 2020 Census; if they have...
08/17/2020
Census 2020

Attention Onslow County Businesses:

Please ask your employees if they have participated in the 2020 Census; if they have not, please encourage them to do so. It is quick and convenient but more importantly, it means potentially less Federal and State funding for our community if our population numbers are low.

The census can be completed online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone at 844-330-2020

Kudos to OAJ!
08/10/2020

Kudos to OAJ!

Thank you to our passengers and local businesses for supporting the Albert J. Ellis Redevelopment Project! Your votes and support earned us a win in the Tourism Category of the @NCDOT 2020 MOBI Awards. We also received an Honorable Mention in the Innovation Category. #FlyLocal #FlyOAJ #BlueSkies

Onslow County Tourism | Visit Jacksonville NC

JOED is implementing an innovative strategy to market our talent pool to large national corporations that accommodate re...
08/03/2020

JOED is implementing an innovative strategy to market our talent pool to large national corporations that accommodate remote work and the portable careers necessary for military spouses. 431 of these corporations make up a network known as the “Military Spouse Employment Partnership.” Each is committed to hiring these folks who have traditionally been overqualified and under-compensated in their careers, owing to their affiliation with the military.

JOED has set the goal of landing 500 of these high-wage, remote jobs in Onslow County, and working with the private sector to create local coworking space that will accommodate them.

But, until then, consider this: These 500 new jobs will create an estimated average primary wage rate of $38.89 per hour, and 424 indirect jobs at $16.67 per hour.

How will that benefit Onslow County? Once all jobs are realized, this initiative is estimated to generate over $30,490,247 in annual consumer expenditures. This chart shows where that additional revenue will be spent in our community. Look at all the sectors that will benefit!

Camp Davis Industrial Park growing jobs
07/28/2020
Camp Davis Industrial Park growing jobs

Camp Davis Industrial Park growing jobs

HOLLY RIDGE – The Town of Holly Ridge is seeing more than just residential growth.Just a year after the first tenant of the new Camp Davis

The weather was perfect in Holly Ridge last Friday morning for the Crete Solutions groundbreaking ceremony! Our thanks t...
07/27/2020

The weather was perfect in Holly Ridge last Friday morning for the Crete Solutions groundbreaking ceremony! Our thanks to all who joined us in this celebration!

Exciting News!
07/15/2020

Exciting News!

Help for Holly Ridge Businesses | Topsail Magazine
07/06/2020
Help for Holly Ridge Businesses | Topsail Magazine

Help for Holly Ridge Businesses | Topsail Magazine

Help for Holly Ridge Businesses by Molly Harrison | Jul 2, 2020 | Business, Holly Ridge A group of concerned citizens establishes the Holly Ridge Pandemic Response Fund to assist the small local businesses during the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all businesses, but the nation’s sma...

This week, we caught up with one of JOED’s investors, Jade Bentz (VP of Claims and COO) at Skyline Adjusters.  They have...
05/21/2020
Skyline Adjusters | Commercial & Residential Public Adjusters

This week, we caught up with one of JOED’s investors, Jade Bentz (VP of Claims and COO) at Skyline Adjusters. They have helped many of our local industries recover from Hurricane Florence and continue to assist those challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate to have had Jade here with us this year, sheltering in place at North Topsail Beach. She shared with us these words of wisdom:

“If you have business income insurance and have been closed due to the pandemic, you may want to consider filing an insurance claim. Unfortunately, many policies may initially exclude coverage. However, these coverage issues are already being litigated across the country, which may change the normal adjustment of these claims. Please feel free to email us a copy of your insurance policy and we’ll be happy to provide a complimentary review of your business policy.”

Skyline Public Adjusters is comprised of the most experienced & professional claims experts in the United States & Abroad, with over $2b in settled claims.

Margaret Coyle-Rees, spokesperson for Holly Ridge Pandemic Fund (HRPF) presented a proposal to the Holly Ridge Town Coun...
05/14/2020
Holly Ridge Pandemic Response Fund organized by Margaret Coyle-Rees

Margaret Coyle-Rees, spokesperson for Holly Ridge Pandemic Fund (HRPF) presented a proposal to the Holly Ridge Town Council. The HRPF will be fundraising through GoFundMe and will make grants to eligible Holly Ridge businesses. She shared the results of a survey measuring the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses. Councilmembers gave their unanimous support to the project, appointing a number of community members for the HRPF committee. JOED is supporting the effort as a committed partner. Contact Margaret at [email protected] for more information.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has hit our Holly Ridge businesses particularly hard. The… Margaret Coyle-Rees needs your support for Holly Ridge Pandemic Response Fund

05/06/2020

Sharing good news about Onslow County Manufacturers!

Manufacturing is a fascinating industry - particularly now due to the increased need for medical equipment such as ventilators. Robert Fisher, owner of Coastal Swiss Precision in Hubert, reports that they recently won a new contract to make 48,000 hinge pins of one size that will be sent to a Charlotte manufacturer who makes hinge pins of another size, then assembles the hinges. The completed hinges then go to a manufacturer of ventilators in South Carolina. But wait… it gets even more interesting! The South Carolina manufacturer is supplying Robert with 21,000 pounds of metal, since they can get the metals cheaper in SC than Robert can. This gives new meaning to the terms “supply chain” and “American resourcefulness.” Congratulations, Coastal Swiss Precision!

Swansboro manufacturer High Speed Gear is widely known for its tactical products used by military and law enforcement agencies. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has recently added an additional product line to its offering - single use face masks. Masks are in stock and ready to ship immediately (offering pick up orders for local customers.) Direct sales will begin on April 27th.

Contact [email protected] or 910-325-1000.

05/06/2020

JOED Vice-Chairman Jeffery T. Clark recently shared his thoughts on the impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The CEO of Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corporation (JOEMC), Jeff commented that while the company is “open for business” – it now looks a little different. Many employees are working remotely and have staggered work hours (for the safety of both members and employees). Like most businesses, foot traffic into the building has been replaced with “drive through” services.

He voiced concerns shared by many in the business community: How are we going to come back from this? How will we get the higher number of unemployed workers back into service? What new safeguards will we put in place to protect everyone going forward? We all have those questions and know that moving forward will create a “new normal.”

Jeff has been a JOED Board member for 5 years and is a solid supporter of its new vision. One of JOEMC’s guiding principles is the care and concern for its communities. Jeff views his service on the JOED Board and Executive Committee as an investment in the future of our community.

Speaking about JOED’s initiative to bring high-paying remote jobs to Onslow County, Jeff stated, “Based on the fact that many businesses are still doing business, but operating in a different manner, we need to learn a new way to work and attract new jobs to our county in the future. I think we are demonstrating that remote jobs are very possible for our county in the future. Hopefully, this is a lesson learned that we can leverage and use to bring more of these types of positions to our county. An initiative like this could let us diversify our economy even more. Economic Development probably couldn’t be any more important at this time in our existence as businesses and our community.”

We’d like to thank Jeff for his commitment to Onslow County through his service on the JOED Board and in the many ways that JOEMC is a community partner.

04/24/2020

At JOED, we’re reflecting on recently disrupted work environments and how our county’s business community and local economy will be changed. We know that we will all feel the effects of the recent “stay at home” order for some time. Rather than “hope for the best”, together we can emerge with a strategic plan. We hope you’ll join us.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt Ray, owner of Ray Properties, longtime JOED Investor and JOED’s Treasurer. Many of you know Matt, a lifelong Onslow County resident, and that he is personally and professionally invested in many facets of the business community. His commitment to JOED reflects his desire to work with other like-minded individuals to achieve economic growth for our county.

Matt noted that the COVID-19 virus has affected his business in many ways, primarily in the way he and his staff communicate-- transactions are completed strictly online and over the phone. Even so, he shares a sense of optimism and determination--“We are all in this together!”

As we discussed the recently heightened necessity of JOED’s economic development leadership, Matt stated, “Now more than ever we need to come together as the Jacksonville/Onslow Community. We are all in this together as individuals, neighbors, families, business owners, and co-workers. These unprecedented times have given rise to a new type of commerce that we must all adapt to in order to thrive and continue to grow.”

Speaking specifically about the initiative to bring high-paying remote jobs to Onslow County, he continued, “We must grow the number of higher paying jobs in this area. Higher paying jobs trickle down to all levels of the pay spectrum. As we create higher paying jobs, we will continue to create growth within this wonderful Community.”

We’d like to thank Matt for chatting with us, his dedication to the Onslow County business community and his role on the JOED Executive Committee.

The impact of COVID-19 on local air traffic: JOED understands that addressing local retail leakage is an essential compo...
04/10/2020

The impact of COVID-19 on local air traffic:

JOED understands that addressing local retail leakage is an essential component of economic development, by developing a thriving local economy and increasing “quality of life” assets. You’ll remember that retail leakage refers to goods and services consumed in Onslow County, but purchased in another county. Onslow County’s annual entertainment and recreation leakage amounts to over $500M, grocery purchases top $123 million and office supply purchases exceed $8 million. These are just a few examples. Further, Albert J. Ellis airport (OAJ) leaks nearly 70% of the demand for air service in its service area. In response to changes in air travel related to COVID-19, OAJ Director Chris White recently shared this with us:
“This is a combined % of change chart comparing preliminary local and national figures. We are not generally reporting raw numbers as they haven’t been audited or vetted. It does tell the story of how this has affected commercial aviation at OAJ. Its important to note that the airport remains open, critical activities (cargo, medical corporate, military…) continue and passengers also continue to take flights every day. The CARE Act contained some assistance for airports and airlines. To safeguard our communities the Act had provisions that require the airlines to continue to provide a minimal level of air service at smaller airports. This will help speed up recovery and preserve jobs.”

Walton's Distillery
04/06/2020

Walton's Distillery

We are all working diligently here to help as many emergency, medical, and essential businesses and entities as we can. Please call 910-347-7770 if you are an essential or emergency business in need of sanitizing alcohol and we will do what we can. If you can't get through, keep trying. We're taking the calls as they come through! Stay safe!

04/06/2020
Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards by The Dean Company

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards by The Dean Company

Here we are laminating the staves for a 60” x 62” floating landing for one of our customers. We are making 4 panels the we will glue together in the next step. #floatingstairs #thedeancompany #stayhome #staysafe #woodart

Carolina Small Business Development Fund
04/06/2020

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Today we're spotlighting Cafe Frutta Fresca Gelato, a client of ours that has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We've been reaching out across the state to learn more about how our clients have been impacted and how we can help. We have shared some of these stories we’re hearing here>> https://bit.ly/2V4yNPo

We encourage all of our supporters to patronize these small businesses, to help them endure during this difficult time by contributing to small businesses at www.carolinasmallbusiness.org/give.

North Carolina's Department of Public Safety is  compiling a list of  companies  for the state’s essential industry list...
03/23/2020

North Carolina's Department of Public Safety is compiling a list of companies for the state’s essential industry list-- in case we have a shelter in place order.

Below, you will find information on how a business can apply to be included in the list.

First, the bad news: Onslow County slipped from Tier 2 to Tier 1 status for 2020. What does that mean? The North Carolin...
03/12/2020

First, the bad news: Onslow County slipped from Tier 2 to Tier 1 status for 2020. What does that mean? The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a tier designation. The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3. This tier system is incorporated into various state programs to encourage investment of state money in the less prosperous areas of the state.

You’ve heard us talk about retail leakage (goods and services consumed in Onslow County, but purchased in another county.) In January, we shared some disturbing Onslow County leakage numbers: annual entertainment and recreation leakage amounts to over $500M, grocery purchases top $123 million, office supply purchases exceed $8 million, and lost alcohol sales are nearly $4.5 million. Had there been no leakage in just these categories, an additional $53 million of tax revenue would have been generated. Further, the economic impact of tourism in Onslow County is less than half of the next closest county in the region, and Albert J. Ellis airport leaks nearly 70% of the demand for air service in its service area. These are vital issues that the community must confront if it expects to climb out of Tier 1 status and enjoy a developing economy.

So, now for the good news: The Buxton Company is partnering with JOED and a few other community investors to identify courses of action that will reduce the rampant leakage. Buxton is the national leader in retail and service sector customer analytics and their business is to connect 800+ partner communities with their 4,000 or so retail clients.

The Buxton goal is simply to help communities reduce leakage while leading retail clients to profitable markets where they are not yet established. The results of Buxton’s analysis (aka market intelligence) will be available to JOED (and its partners in the study) by late May. Specific implementation measures that address Buxton’s recommendations will be in full swing this summer. The positive outcomes: increased tax revenue to local governments; increased quality of life through expanded shopping options for county residents; and intelligence that informs local businesses of local market opportunity.

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1099 Gum Branch Road
Jacksonville, NC
28540

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Our Services 1. Confidential site selection and relocation assistance for prospective industry 2. Client specific demographic and community research 3. Building/land inventory with professional site visits 4. Comprehensive introduction to the Onslow County community 5. On-going assistance and support for existing businesses and industry 6. Established network of individuals, business, government, and civic leaders fostering economic development

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Monday 08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:30
Thursday 08:30 - 17:30
Friday 08:30 - 17:30

Telephone

(910) 939-7023

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