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.

Our page is about fostering a relationship between JOED and the general public. We would like to keep our audience up-to-date with JOED news and JOED events.

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.

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.

A great resource and partner to JOED!
02/13/2020
CSBDF Releases Report on Economic Impact - Carolina Small Business

A great resource and partner to JOED!

In this post Vice President of Policy and Research Jamie McCall explores the results of CSBDF’s recent economic impact analysis. The report is also available as a short brief. For more information about our research program, click here. Measuring Impact is Hard, but Important As a community develo...

Our local airport is truly an economic development asset--please lend your support with a vote for this project!
01/31/2020

Our local airport is truly an economic development asset--please lend your support with a vote for this project!

The Albert J. Ellis Airport Redevelopment Project is up for an award with the NC Department of Transportation, and we need your votes!

Our redevelopment project included the new passenger terminal, passenger boarding bridges, utility infrastructure, new executive terminal, new aprons, and new roadways. We are proud!

You can vote for 3 different projects daily. Voting ends February 21st. Visit the website below for more details about the projects.

https://bit.ly/2Sex7Bx

We appreciate your VOTE.

This month's newsletter talks about "leakage" and talent pools! Enjoy!
01/31/2020
JOED January News

This month's newsletter talks about "leakage" and talent pools! Enjoy!

One of our favorite local businesses!
12/11/2019

One of our favorite local businesses!

Come visit our booth at Realtors Triple Play in Atlantic City today. Great products and show specials. #tp19 #cccuttingboards #realtors

Albert J. Ellis Airport
11/20/2019

Albert J. Ellis Airport

According to the FAA, of the over 5,000 public-use airports in the United States, only 518 have air traffic control towers. In November 2018, OAJ became part of an elite group.
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#FlyOAJ #FlyLocal

High Speed Gear, MSA, Gulf Stream Steel & Supply, Stanadyne and Progressive Service Die Company are featured in our newe...
11/12/2019

High Speed Gear, MSA, Gulf Stream Steel & Supply, Stanadyne and Progressive Service Die Company are featured in our newest kiosk display at OAJ. Stop out and see the display, humorously nicknamed "Stuff Guys Love".

10/03/2019
Mfg Day 2019

JOED celebrates the "makers" on Manufacturing Day 2019!

10/02/2019
The National Association of Manufacturers in 2020

Think manufacturing is "old school"? Check out this cool video!

Manufacturing is on the rise but by 2028, 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could be left unfilled. The NAM, together with our education and workforce partner t...

Lots of great things happening in the world of economic development in Onslow County! Check out our newest Newsletter!
10/02/2019
JOED News October 2019

Lots of great things happening in the world of economic development in Onslow County! Check out our newest Newsletter!

08/30/2019
Town of Holly Ridge

Town of Holly Ridge

Onslow Bay Boatworks Groundbreaking Ceremony sponsored by the Town of Holly Ridge and Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

Address

1099 Gum Branch Road
Jacksonville, NC
28540

General information

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

Opening Hours

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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