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.

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Right here in Onslow County!
12/21/2020

Right here in Onslow County!

We are very happy to announce E.M. Walton's Straight Bourbon Whiskey earned a silver medal from the Las Vegas Spirits Competition this year! With all the mess going on in 2020, the competition judges still found a way to bring some joy!

JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland attended a Skillbridge “think tank” session aboard Camp Lejeune yesterday, facil...
12/18/2020

JOED Executive Director Mark Sutherland attended a Skillbridge “think tank” session aboard Camp Lejeune yesterday, facilitated by the Second Marine Division Inspector General (IG) and attended by representatives of MCCS (Transition Readiness), local US Navy Commands, Career Planners, and Public Affairs. The objective of this informative session was to promote greater understanding among stakeholders, both on the base and in the community.
Mark explained the role of economic development organizations in building community prosperity. Further, he elaborated on the top economic development challenge in our area, which is the lack of a skilled workforce in sufficient numbers to support growth, and among every industry sector.

MCCS reported that fully 8% of transitioning servicemembers this year have participated (or are currently participating) in the Skillbridge program. Still, the program is largely misunderstood among stakeholders and in some cases, they are wholly unaware of it. Therefore, it was agreed that a combined outreach partnership between Base and community players, led by the IG, needs to be implemented. This effort will seek to provide accurate and timely information to area employers, transitioning servicemembers, and military commands. It will consist of trade shows, information sessions, and printed materials.

The DoD-led Skillbridge Program offers a chance for local businesses, nonprofits, and governments to provide internship and employment opportunities to the 8,000 or so annually transitioning servicemembers from our local bases. For JOED’s investors, Mark and Teresa are standing by to answer questions and facilitate your knowledge of and participation in the program.

How about some good news? You may remember that in October the N.C. General Assembly had selected North Carolina's South...
12/18/2020

How about some good news? You may remember that in October the N.C. General Assembly had selected North Carolina's Southeast (AKA NC Southeastern Partnership) to oversee the deployment of $750,000 in federal CARES Act resources into our region.

The Partnership decided that the “highest and best use” of the funds, would be to distribute them equally to the region’s hospitals. JOED is helping to facilitate the process of an additional $40,000 (now a total of $80,000) of those grant funds to Onslow Memorial Hospital.

We are grateful to the Southeastern Partnership’s leadership on this issue.

Great News for Holly Ridge!
12/17/2020

Great News for Holly Ridge!

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved a $605,000 grant to support the Town of Holly Ridge in a second phase of development at the 160-acre Camp Davis Industrial Park. The project will include water and sewer infrastructure as well as road access, opening an additional 60 acres for future economic development at a park that is currently at capacity.
https://myfox8.com/news/gov-cooper-announces-nearly-13-million-in-rural-infrastructure-grants-local-cities-counties-on-the-list/?fbclid=IwAR0FJugbi6KXjrShqS-DZbE06CLU0ZPqqvr1p4sV3u-4qbKefQN3faNDLsw

12/11/2020

In the news: The average private sector wage in Onslow County is projected to rise to $32,760 in 2021, up from $29,534 in 2019. This is good news, as this data point is one indicator of our county’s economic development.

Looking forward to the addition of Atlantic Seafood in Camp Davis Industrial Park:This past July, Onslow County Commissi...
12/11/2020

Looking forward to the addition of Atlantic Seafood in Camp Davis Industrial Park:

This past July, Onslow County Commissioners and Town of Holly Ridge announced that Atlantic Seafoods would move their warehousing and distribution facility to Camp Davis Industrial Park (CDIP). Because the NCDOT’s planned work on the Hwy 17 Hampstead Bypass would affect one of his two Hampstead operations, owner Joseph Smith III began looking at alternative locations. He stated that CDIP’s shovel ready sites and the proximity to his existing workforce were driving factors in the decision to locate the warehousing and distribution here. The retail store will continue operations at their current Hampstead location.

In addition to the disruptions of the Hampstead Bypass, the company had outgrown its warehouse, confirming the need for a new facility. Their current cold storage allows them to maintain 600,000 pounds of product. The new 30,000 sf facility will allow them to store over 2 million pounds of product. With this increased storage, market expansion is very likely. The company’s market along the Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to Florida is serviced by the company’s 20 route trucks and salesmen and supports the North Carolina Commercial Fishing Industry. According to Mr. Smith, their “unofficial” motto is, “We move fish fast!”

Our thanks to Tom Rollins for hosting the December JOED Executive Committee meeting in the newly renovated conference ro...
12/11/2020

Our thanks to Tom Rollins for hosting the December JOED Executive Committee meeting in the newly renovated conference room at Gulf Stream Steel in Camp Davis Industrial Park. We invited Tom to describe Gulf Stream Steel’s business and the growth of the Industrial Park.

Gulf Stream Steel was founded by Tom’s father in 1992. The business relocated to Holly Ridge in 2003, occupying the former Tyson Foods bacon plant. At one time, the plant was the largest bacon packing plant in the world and employed over 600. Its closure and the resulting loss of jobs left a huge hole, but also presented an opportunity for Holly Ridge. The Rollins family purchased the land, located Gulf Stream Steel operations there, and later began development plans for an industrial park.

By 2018, the 65-acre Phase I of Camp Davis Industrial Park was completed, consisting of 11 lots, all with stormwater, sewer, water, and power at the lot lines.

Fast forward to 2020: Of those 11 original lots, only two remain available, precipitating the need to move forward with the development of the 60-acre Phase II. An additional eight lots-generally larger than those in Phase I—will likely appeal to industries with greater land needs and typically more employees. As was the case with Phase I, Phase II will require the demolition of original WWII runways and taxiways in conjunction with site grading, and all phases of development are permitted and shovel-ready.

The Town of Holly Ridge is considering purchasing the land and developing the lots, and will be seeking a variety of state and federal grants for Phase II development. JOED is providing technical assistance to the Town.

Tom also spoke of Gulf Stream Steel’s potential partnership with Coastal Carolina Community College’s Continuing Education programs and the Department of Defense Skillbrige program. True to his entrepreneurial persona, Tom is fondly known as “the trailblazer” for implementing the first and currently only Skillbrige internship program in Onslow County. While his company is not big enough to offer all Skillbridge participants seeking to intern at Gulfstream Steel a job upon completion of the program, he is deeply committed to providing them with real world skills, plant experience, and valuable certifications that will enable them to work anywhere in the global marketplace.

Made here in Onslow County!
12/11/2020

Made here in Onslow County!

Winter 46’ Walk Around. Fish ability ☑️Speed ☑️ Range ☑️Comfort☑️ Looks ☑️☑️. What else do you need? #wintercustomyachts

12/11/2020

In the news… The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the county tier designations for 2021 last week. The designations, which are mandated by state law, play a role in several programs that assist in economic development.

The rankings are based on an assessment of each county’s unemployment rate, median household income, population growth, and assessed property value per capita. The law calls for 40 counties to be designated as Tier 1, 40 counties to be designated as Tier 2, and 20 counties to be designated Tier 3. Twenty-two counties will change tier designations for 2021.

Counties moving to a less distressed tier ranking include Beaufort, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Jones, Macon, Onslow, Perquimans, Pitt, Polk, and Transylvania.

Comprehensive economic development focuses on all aspects of attracting, retaining and supporting industry. We’d like to...
12/11/2020

Comprehensive economic development focuses on all aspects of attracting, retaining and supporting industry. We’d like to introduce you to two partners in economic development. Both organizations actively work with our local industries and each addresses an important topic: workforce development and efficiency solutions.

Coastal Carolina Community College’s Industry Training Center supports industries in Onslow County with an underlying goal of helping local manufacturing companies and industrial employers to remain competitive, productive, and profitable.

Whether a company is new to North Carolina or an existing local business with expansion plans, the Industry Training Center designs and delivers training programs to industries that qualify for the State’s Customized Training program.

Training is targeted to full-time production and direct customer service positions, enhancing growth potential and preparing the workforce with the skills to succeed in a changing work environment.

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused extension unit of NC State’s College of Engineering. IES offers a broad range of assessments and a portfolio of solutions and deep industry expertise in many industry sectors.

Extensive partnerships with business, industry, education and government generate a unique culture of collaboration that provides access to cutting-edge expertise, research, and technology.

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards by The Dean Company
12/09/2020

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards by The Dean Company

We are very excited to have provided our cutting boards to @southernfoods as a part of their offerings in both the store and to their customers. Thanks to Bill and the team in gb and along with @cheneybrothers company

11/25/2020
Winter Custom Yachts
11/12/2020

Winter Custom Yachts

A pure fishing machine. No frills, just perfect in every way. 33’ Walk Around powered with Single QSB 480 Cummins. Cruise 30 knots at 18 gal/hr.

With its beautiful showroom filled with well-wishers, Onslow Bay Boatworks celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony thi...
09/18/2020

With its beautiful showroom filled with well-wishers, Onslow Bay Boatworks celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. JOED Chairman Susan Edwards kicked off the event, welcoming the guests and describing the 5-year process to reach this day of celebration. She also noted that none of this would have happened had it not been for the vision of the Rollins family in developing Camp Davis Industrial Park 10 years ago. As we often say, “Economic Development is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Holly Ridge Mayor Jeff Wenzel described the town’s growth and how Onslow Bay Boatworks will play a large role in its future. Mayor Wenzel, who also has a business in Camp Davis Industrial Park, acknowledged the other resident businesses, neighbors to Onslow Bay Boatworks.

Onslow County Commissioner Royce Bennett noted that all business growth is beneficial to the entire county, as it is growing as well. New businesses create additional housing demands and add students to our schools.

Onslow Bay Boatworks CEO and President Brad Knight discussed the value of small businesses to local, state, and national economies. He noted that all businesses in Onslow County ARE small businesses, and how important that is. He offered heartfelt appreciation for the support he has received in this process, naming his wife Briana as his biggest champion. He added the support of the Town of Holly Ridge and JOED, going on to describe this as a bittersweet moment; his beloved deceased father was not able to enjoy this with him. He gave special thanks to his business partner, Robby Brown, and their team of *craftsmen, all of whom are instrumental in the company’s success.

After a celebratory toast, guests were invited to join staff in touring the facility. Surely, viewing the boats launched many daydreams of ownership! JOED is grateful to have been part of this journey for the past five years and looks forward to being a lifetime partner with the company.

Congratulations, Onslow Bay Boatworks! We wish you great success!

*Onslow Bay Boatworks' craftsmen: Adonel Gonzalez-Bravo, Alex Albuquerque, Brent Readling, Brynnen Barrier, Candy Lanier, Carlos Elizondo, Chaz Wheeler, Cristina Mendoza, Daniel Vaughn, Eddie Gonzalez-Bravo, Eric Stevens, Garrett McCoy, Greg Baker, Jason Merritt, Jeff Atkinson, John King, Luis Talavera, Matter Avrette, Paule Greene, Riley Mishler, Trevor Pearson, Troy Weaver

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Please join us in celebration of Onslow Bay Boatworks!
09/11/2020

Please join us in celebration of Onslow Bay Boatworks!

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!

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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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(910) 939-7023

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