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.

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05/27/2021

Kudos to this great company right here in Onslow County!

We hope you will join us to welcome Blue Water Candy! And, as promised, we will share their great story with you.Captain...
05/27/2021

We hope you will join us to welcome Blue Water Candy! And, as promised, we will share their great story with you.

Captain Jodie Gay, a commercial fisherman for over 23 years, began making his own fishing lures to use in 1995. Others noticed his success with the lures, and a business was born from customers on the docks. Blue Water Candy began at his Hampstead home’s kitchen table, with his wife and daughter helping to assemble lures. As the venture outgrew the kitchen table, his garage was placed into service—with numerous additions! Blue Water Candy has grown so much that it will be constructing an 8K sf facility at Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge. He expects to initially hire 8-10 employees for that facility, with plans to double that quickly.

Jodie told us that in 2003, he had to make the decision to continue commercial fishing OR focus exclusively on his new business. He knew that doing both was not feasible, calling the day he sold his commercial fishing boat “the saddest day of my life.” However, he made a commitment to “not fear failure” and now has over 5,000 products and global distributors. His products enjoy a prized reputation among fishermen: Blue Water Candy products do NOT fall apart! Additionally, he participates in trade shows with his distributors and in fishing schools. He continued to fish, and in 2009 Jodie, Russell Weaver and Captain Rick Croson won the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship.

His business model is unique. While most of his 36 employees are on-site and full-time, some of his employees assemble lures and rigs from home, making employment ideal for off-season fishermen, schoolteachers, adult caregivers, students, and people with mobility challenges. He noted that assembly is a combination of art and skill, calling his team “artists”. While waiting for delayed components resulting from COVID’s impact on his supply chain, he kept his staff employed by building up inventory of available products. That inventory quickly disappeared when fishing grew as a fun & safe activity during a pandemic.

Family still drives operations. His daughter, Jessica, has been involved since day one and oversees accounting and internet sales. Son-in-law, Russell, runs daily operations. Wife, Terry, coordinates distributor shipments and special events.

Product lines are named for the type of fishing for which the items will be used. Blue Water Candy is used for offshore fishing, Rock Fish Candy is used for Striper fishing, and Back Water Candy is used for inshore fishing.

Product names demonstrate a sense of humor and we asked how they came to be named. (You will find items named JAG-A-HOO, Instigator, Scooter, Thingama-Jig, Dingle Hopper, and Tweener.) When a new product is developed, employees hold a naming contest! They also have a nifty apparel line as well as distribute for multiple other fishing companies, such as SquidNation, AFW, Stripteaser, and others. While Jodie has many ideas for new products, he wants to focus on current product lines for now.

Please help us welcome Blue Water Candy at their groundbreaking ceremony on June 11th at 11 AM!

We hope you will join us to welcome Blue Water Candy! And, as promised, we will share their great story with you.

Captain Jodie Gay, a commercial fisherman for over 23 years, began making his own fishing lures to use in 1995. Others noticed his success with the lures, and a business was born from customers on the docks. Blue Water Candy began at his Hampstead home’s kitchen table, with his wife and daughter helping to assemble lures. As the venture outgrew the kitchen table, his garage was placed into service—with numerous additions! Blue Water Candy has grown so much that it will be constructing an 8K sf facility at Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge. He expects to initially hire 8-10 employees for that facility, with plans to double that quickly.

Jodie told us that in 2003, he had to make the decision to continue commercial fishing OR focus exclusively on his new business. He knew that doing both was not feasible, calling the day he sold his commercial fishing boat “the saddest day of my life.” However, he made a commitment to “not fear failure” and now has over 5,000 products and global distributors. His products enjoy a prized reputation among fishermen: Blue Water Candy products do NOT fall apart! Additionally, he participates in trade shows with his distributors and in fishing schools. He continued to fish, and in 2009 Jodie, Russell Weaver and Captain Rick Croson won the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship.

His business model is unique. While most of his 36 employees are on-site and full-time, some of his employees assemble lures and rigs from home, making employment ideal for off-season fishermen, schoolteachers, adult caregivers, students, and people with mobility challenges. He noted that assembly is a combination of art and skill, calling his team “artists”. While waiting for delayed components resulting from COVID’s impact on his supply chain, he kept his staff employed by building up inventory of available products. That inventory quickly disappeared when fishing grew as a fun & safe activity during a pandemic.

Family still drives operations. His daughter, Jessica, has been involved since day one and oversees accounting and internet sales. Son-in-law, Russell, runs daily operations. Wife, Terry, coordinates distributor shipments and special events.

Product lines are named for the type of fishing for which the items will be used. Blue Water Candy is used for offshore fishing, Rock Fish Candy is used for Striper fishing, and Back Water Candy is used for inshore fishing.

Product names demonstrate a sense of humor and we asked how they came to be named. (You will find items named JAG-A-HOO, Instigator, Scooter, Thingama-Jig, Dingle Hopper, and Tweener.) When a new product is developed, employees hold a naming contest! They also have a nifty apparel line as well as distribute for multiple other fishing companies, such as SquidNation, AFW, Stripteaser, and others. While Jodie has many ideas for new products, he wants to focus on current product lines for now.

Please help us welcome Blue Water Candy at their groundbreaking ceremony on June 11th at 11 AM!

Pools open this WEEKEND!👓
05/24/2021
Pools open this WEEKEND!👓

Pools open this WEEKEND!👓

Summer fun! Camp Lejeune & MCAS New River pool locations and hours. Win VIP tickets to the SOLD OUT Carolina County Music Festival in Myrtle Beach! Visit our Instagram to enter! Courtesy of USAA. MCCS

Pools open this WEEKEND!👓
05/24/2021
Pools open this WEEKEND!👓

Pools open this WEEKEND!👓

Summer fun! Camp Lejeune & MCAS New River pool locations and hours. Win VIP tickets to the SOLD OUT Carolina County Music Festival in Myrtle Beach! Visit our Instagram to enter! Courtesy of USAA. MCCS

If you missed all the great information at The State of Our Local Economy, you can watch the video!  https://youtu.be/PT...
05/21/2021
2021 JOED Annual Meeting

If you missed all the great information at The State of Our Local Economy, you can watch the video! https://youtu.be/PTyDDp-c378

Keeping with JOED’s vision “to provide comprehensive economic development leadership to our Onslow Community” we delivered The State of our Local Economy as ...

Welcome, Atlantic Seafood!Atlantic Seafood broke ground for the construction of a new 62,500 sf refrigerated warehousing...
05/21/2021

Welcome, Atlantic Seafood!

Atlantic Seafood broke ground for the construction of a new 62,500 sf refrigerated warehousing and distribution center yesterday, at Camp Davis Industrial Park, and it was very well attended by local leaders, corporate neighbors, JOED Board members, and of course, lots of friends and family.

L-R: Onslow Commissioner Royce Bennett, Onslow Commissioner Mark Price, Alena Smith, Joseph Smith III, Jeff Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr., Holly Ridge Mayor Jeff Wenzel.

Welcome, Atlantic Seafood!

Atlantic Seafood broke ground for the construction of a new 62,500 sf refrigerated warehousing and distribution center yesterday, at Camp Davis Industrial Park, and it was very well attended by local leaders, corporate neighbors, JOED Board members, and of course, lots of friends and family.

L-R: Onslow Commissioner Royce Bennett, Onslow Commissioner Mark Price, Alena Smith, Joseph Smith III, Jeff Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr., Holly Ridge Mayor Jeff Wenzel.

Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge, NC
05/21/2021
Camp Davis Industrial Park Phase 2

Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge, NC

Camp Davis Industrial Park Phase 2 is shovel ready and permitted to 80% impervious.

On Thursday, Cheyenne Robinson of Buxton and JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland presented an informational session ...
04/23/2021

On Thursday, Cheyenne Robinson of Buxton and JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland presented an informational session to Commercial Brokers affiliated with the Jacksonville Board of Realtors.

Ms. Robinson demonstrated Buxton’s proprietary SCOUT program for Commercial brokers, comparing two local lumber retailers with a deep dive analysis of their customer bases. The data utilized was from as recent as two days prior, illustrating the near “real-time” advantage of the program. The realtor group was surprised to see that while logical to assume both companies shared (and competed for) a single customer base, the customer profiles are actually quite different. That led to an in-depth (and often lively) discussion on the use of customer analytics and trends when matching specific retailers to individual commercial properties. Sales efforts AND purchase decisions can be facilitated with timely analytics that define the business’ proximity to its customers as well as a deeper understanding of the habits and propensities of those customers.

On Thursday, Cheyenne Robinson of Buxton and JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland presented an informational session to Commercial Brokers affiliated with the Jacksonville Board of Realtors.

Ms. Robinson demonstrated Buxton’s proprietary SCOUT program for Commercial brokers, comparing two local lumber retailers with a deep dive analysis of their customer bases. The data utilized was from as recent as two days prior, illustrating the near “real-time” advantage of the program. The realtor group was surprised to see that while logical to assume both companies shared (and competed for) a single customer base, the customer profiles are actually quite different. That led to an in-depth (and often lively) discussion on the use of customer analytics and trends when matching specific retailers to individual commercial properties. Sales efforts AND purchase decisions can be facilitated with timely analytics that define the business’ proximity to its customers as well as a deeper understanding of the habits and propensities of those customers.

We love this local business! Great people and great products!
04/23/2021

We love this local business! Great people and great products!

We had a wonderful visit @southernfoods today working on some new cutting board items for them to bring to the great restaurants, country clubs, resorts and winery’s this year. Thanks so much for the great relationship. #cccuttingboards #winery #countryclub #restaraunt

We are getting excited about this premier event in Onslow County!
04/16/2021
The State of our Local Economy

We are getting excited about this premier event in Onslow County!

The State of our Local Economy is for business & other community leaders, as they strategize for growth in a rapidly changing economy.

Railroad easement one of the final stages to bring industry, jobs to Onslow
04/08/2021
Railroad easement one of the final stages to bring industry, jobs to Onslow

Railroad easement one of the final stages to bring industry, jobs to Onslow

With the announcement from Camp Lejeune approving the due diligence process to grant an easement for commercial freight to be used on their railroad, the idea of industry and economic development in Onslow County is becoming more of a reality.

Keeping with JOED’s vision “to provide comprehensive economic development leadership to our Onslow Community” we have a ...
03/26/2021

Keeping with JOED’s vision “to provide comprehensive economic development leadership to our Onslow Community” we have a very special event planned for May 20th. The State of our Local Economy is for business and other community leaders, as they strategize for growth and adapt to a rapidly changing economy.

Local and regional experts will cover the news about our local and regional economy, and how we will be impacted by shifts in the national and global economies. Through data-based analysis, they will review our changing demographics, market intelligence, and business forecasts. The State of our Local Economy will provide comprehensive data about our community—data you won’t find elsewhere.

We are excited to offer this premier event. Mark your calendar and look for registration information soon.

Keeping with JOED’s vision “to provide comprehensive economic development leadership to our Onslow Community” we have a very special event planned for May 20th. The State of our Local Economy is for business and other community leaders, as they strategize for growth and adapt to a rapidly changing economy.

Local and regional experts will cover the news about our local and regional economy, and how we will be impacted by shifts in the national and global economies. Through data-based analysis, they will review our changing demographics, market intelligence, and business forecasts. The State of our Local Economy will provide comprehensive data about our community—data you won’t find elsewhere.

We are excited to offer this premier event. Mark your calendar and look for registration information soon.

03/19/2021

A GIANT LEAP FORWARD FOR PROJECT STONEY

Yesterday, Camp Lejeune officials announced that they could begin the due diligence process required to approve the easement requested as a component of Project Stoney . This due diligence may take up to six months to complete and includes completion of the NEPA process, as well as operational deconfliction (if necessary) and other legal hurdles. The Base officials remain optimistic of eventual approval, but cautious as there are several steps left in the approval process.

Project Stoney has been in the works at JOED since 2011. It involves the recruitment of a new industry to Onslow County, and freight rail service via the USMC Railroad, which runs between Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point. The last hurdle left, to make the ten-year project a reality, has been this easement (granted by the Base) which will allow the company access to an industrial parcel via the USMC Railroad’s right of way.

JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland noted, “Commercial freight rail service has not been available in Onslow County for decades. When it comes to recruiting firms that require rail service, Onslow County is just not in the game with surrounding counties. This announcement represents a major addition to our economic development tool kit. It is certain to be one of the most important economic development news stories of the year for our community. Above all, Project Stoney is a resounding example of the adage: Economic Development is a Marathon, not a Sprint.”

Our Board of Directors acknowledges the persistent help of our partners at Camp Lejeune, the staff at the City of Jacksonville, and Senator Tom Tillis and his staff. Without support from these folks, the project would not have survived.

Timeline Photos
03/09/2021

Timeline Photos

Another great shot of the ferry we are working on for the North Carolina Ferry System. ⛴️ We can't wait to see the final product!

See what else we build: https://bit.ly/3cTUpbF

Housing is an increasingly important component in economic development’s focus on labor force and business recruitment. ...
03/05/2021

Housing is an increasingly important component in economic development’s focus on labor force and business recruitment. Available (within a reasonable proximity to a worker’s employment) and affordable housing attracts a labor force as well as new businesses. Why? Potential businesses want to know that the community can supply the workforce AND that employees have housing. Addressing a community’s housing capacity can increase homeownership rates, enhance quality of life, and grow the economy while adding to the tax base.

We know that demand on the housing inventory is high right now, since most listings have an average of 38 days on the market—meaning most homes are rented or sold within 38 days! According to Realtor Royce Bennett, “Considering that closing takes about 30 days, houses are selling within mere days.” This indicates that the inventory of available homes is low and has room for expansion.

We visited with Ryan King, Director of Planning and Inspections for the City of Jacksonville, who told us that 5 single family housing developments have or are currently going through the planning process. Approximately three hundred twelve acres within City limits could yield 560 residential lots. Precipitated by Grow the Force, 3500 multi-family units were constructed between 2007 and 2010. Only a few others have been constructed since then, and there are none in the planning stages at this time.

Focused on another area of rapid growth, Holly Ridge Planner Nathan Rhue told us that there is one multi-family development under construction, with 57 two-bedroom units planned.

These charts show the distribution of active permits in Onslow County and of completed residential permits from 2017-2019. Those listed as Jacksonville are in unincorporated areas with Jacksonville mailing addresses and do not reflect permits within corporate City limits. So far this fiscal year, 222 Residential New permits have been issued in Onslow County and there are 434 current active permits.

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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

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