Cape Fear Economic Development Council

Cape Fear Economic Development Council Fulfilling the need for sustainable economic development and job creation in the Cape Fear region. Fulfilling the need for leadership in sustainable economic development and job creation in the Cape Fear region.
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Mission: Fulfilling the need for sustainable economic development and job creation in the Cape Fear region.

03/16/2020

Hello everyone. Our event this week "Public Transportation Present and Future" is postponed due to Covid-19 precautions. We look forward to seeing you soon(ish). Take care!

02/25/2020

Join us on Thursday March 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 at WHQR MC Erny Gallery 254 N Front St, 3rd floor for a public forum on public transportation. Hear from experts and provide your insights about the role of public transportation in contemporary and successful regions, economies, and cultures. Local and national experts will explore best practices, benefits of public transportation, and innovative ideas and practices. We look forward to seeing, and hearing from you. It's worth saying, that this event is not focused on WAVE Transit, the City of Wilmington or New Hanover County, but is an exploration of best practices and leading edge concepts.

02/19/2020

Last night, Clean Cape Fear brought a screening of Dark Waters, the film about PFOAs, resilience, and fighting for life. We face those challenges right now as a region. Some of us with Cape Fear Economic Development Council were able to attend. Thank you! There are so many important details, and themes, that we can't list them all here. That said, here is one to hold on to until you see the film. If our health, economy, environment, children, quality of life, and livelihood is important, we have to act independent from interests that undermine our well-being and the public agencies intended to regulate them. We applaud the work of Clean Cape Fear,and many others like Cape Fear River Watch, and countless citizens for leading in that spirit.

02/04/2020
It's All About Jobs- Barfield on Economic Development

Thank you NHC Commissioner Jonathan Barfield Barfield for Commissioner for voicing the need for job growth, and the importance of our environmental quality to achieve and sustain it. We at Cape Fear Economic Development Council are here to help you lead the creation of an economic development strategy, following on your leadership in getting ec dev resources created, a strategic plan created, and a comprehensive plan created for New Hanover County. Just give us the word. #sustainablejobs
#sustainableeconomicdevelopment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSOEsnmRGpc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20200121/opinion-421-corridor-could-be-jobs-factory?fbclid=IwAR2dJBdvpxMC6oIH9YdE...
01/21/2020
OPINION: 421 corridor could be jobs factory

https://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20200121/opinion-421-corridor-could-be-jobs-factory?fbclid=IwAR2dJBdvpxMC6oIH9YdE8oVqqGIqRx7CZLgFWF74QbWK8uCLXiq0jYrlzik

The prospect for a better regional employment scene is welcomed, and an opportunity for our region to lead NC in sustainable development. In 2018 Cape Fear Economic Development Council hosted a forum to discuss the anticipated growth along the 421 corridor and the need to be sure it doesn't undermine the attributes that make us a special place to live. Sustainable industrial development is necessary, and there are plenty of examples to pull from. We at Cape Fear Economic Development Council offer the City of Wilmington, NC Government and New Hanover County Government, NC, Brunswick County Government, Town of Leland, and other partners our help in developing a strategy to make the 421 corridor demonstrate that we are a premiere community for sustainable industrial investment and development. Thank you Starnewsonline.com for keeping the corridor at the forefront.

Water/sewer service makes area northwest of Wilmington attractive to large, traded-sector businesses.

As a region, if we're serious about being viable for investment, our governments and businesses need to be serious about...
01/15/2020
BlackRock Has Green Plans

As a region, if we're serious about being viable for investment, our governments and businesses need to be serious about addressing climate change. Thank you City of Wilmington, NC Government for exploring being carbon neutral by 2050! We applaud this, and look forward to seeing meaningful implementation! This is a great first step...hopefully one of many.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-01-14/blackrock-has-green-plans

Also fake loan deals and happy hedge funds.

It’s been fun seeing photos of friends 20 years ago versus now on our timelines, but it’s even more exciting to think ab...
01/08/2020
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

It’s been fun seeing photos of friends 20 years ago versus now on our timelines, but it’s even more exciting to think about where the Cape Fear region was just 20 years ago and how far we have come! Martin provides a good analogy and likens our position to being on the side of a mountain - what do you think we’ll see in the next 20 years? What do we need to get there?
CFEDC is excited to continue fostering conversations on our growth opportunities.

IN THE ISSUE: Looking back and looking ahead for the 2020 in Biz project, CastleBranch CEO Brett Martin puts our region in the middle of a mountain. But what will it take to get closer to the top?

If anyone thinks climate change is not a major local economic development issue, they should think again.  Two recent ar...
11/14/2019
Muni Bonds Contain New Fine Print: Beware of Climate Change

If anyone thinks climate change is not a major local economic development issue, they should think again. Two recent articles frame substantial economic vulnerabilities in our region for local governments, residents, and businesses.

1. The municipal bond market is now evaluating local government’s response to climate change as a factor in determining bond ratings and measuring risk. Read the Bloomberg article here www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-05/how-serious-is-the-climate-change-risk-ask-a-banker

2. The residential mortgage markets are identifying climate change as a risk to 30 year mortgages in today’s changing climate. Why loan on a house that will be constantly flooded, or not have roads/water/sewer? Read the CBS article here https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-could-end-mortgages-as-we-know-them/?fbclid=IwAR18tUITCbOa_Nd0hnuKAsn4eqkcgeQ5YGwhDJtJ2px7pJYUiMTdoeHQDmI://.

Strengthening our local infrastructure and development standards for vulnerable areas – and our entire region is vulnerable – is vital to protecting our future economic stability.

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council advocates for sustainable economic development and we are here to support local efforts responding to climate change.

The underwriters of municipal bonds are disclosing more about cities’ exposure to higher temperatures and rising seas.

Than you, everyone who came out last night to learn about the business case for sustainability. A special thanks goes to...
10/04/2019

Than you, everyone who came out last night to learn about the business case for sustainability. A special thanks goes to our guests Girard Newkirk of KWHCoin, Robert Parker from Cape Fear Solar Systems, and Angela Barger and Cameron Weaver from the NC DEQ Environmental Stewardship Initiative. They confirmed that sustainability is, in fact, in the best interest of the bottom line, the environment, and people all at once.

Join CFEDC October 3 2019, 5:30pm  - CFEDC Presents: The Business Case for Sustainability -at WHRQ https://mailchi.mp/74...
09/25/2019
October 3 2019, CFEDC Presents: The Business Case for Sustainability

Join CFEDC October 3 2019, 5:30pm - CFEDC Presents: The Business Case for Sustainability -at WHRQ https://mailchi.mp/7434a622d0d5/cfedc-oct-3-at-530pm-at-whqr-2984433

When: Thursday October 3, from 5:30 - 7:30pm Where:  WHQR MC Erny Gallery, 254 N Front St 3rd floor Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) will host a discussion with industry leaders about why our region needs to include sustainability in their business plan and mission. According to CFED...

Thanks so much to everyone who attended last night’s Social to discuss how climate change impacts businesses. Thank you ...
09/20/2019

Thanks so much to everyone who attended last night’s Social to discuss how climate change impacts businesses. Thank you also to special guests Vicki Lee Parker with the NC Business Council and Chance Lambeth from Congressman David Rouzer’s office for joining our discussion and answering questions.
We hope to see you all at our next Forum on October 3!

09/11/2019

Hello Cape Fear! We have two events coming up and we'd love to see you.

Next week, 9/19 we are hosting a networking event with special guests who want to hear from you about how climate change impacts businesses in our region - Chance Lambeth from Congressman David Rouzer's office; and VIcki Lee Parker with the North Carolina Business Council. They are taking what they learn from you to inform the Environmental Defense Fund about how Cape Fear Businesses need action on climate change.

On 10/3 we will host a public forum on The Business of Sustainability, with local and other sustainable businesses discussing why sustainability just makes plain old business sense.

Please see our events page for more information, and we'll see you soon!

CFEDC Presents
05/11/2019

CFEDC Presents

04/18/2019

We'll see you all soon at Flying Machine Brewing Company for our spring social today 5 - 7pm.

CFEDC Social at Flying Machine Brewing, April 18, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
04/04/2019

CFEDC Social at Flying Machine Brewing, April 18, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

03/09/2019

We are so fortunate to have a strong public radio station in Wilmington. During tonight’s portion of WHQR’s Spring Pledge Drive, members of the CFEDC will be volunteering and answering phones. So if you haven’t made your pledge, call (910)343-1138 tonight 6-10 pm and one of our members will be happy to answer your call!

03/08/2019
CFEDC Presents: A Comparative Review with Jonathan Barfield, Chairman, NHC Commission

On Thursday March 7, 2019 CFEDC handed the microphone to Jonathan Barfield, Chair of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery, Chairman Barfield provided insights gained from tours of other southern cities, highlighting their economic development activities and successes. This past year, Chairman Barfield conducted a tour of two South Carolina cities, Greenville and Charleston. This discussion of Barfield’s tour and his pursuit of what constitutes success in these and other regions aligns with CFEDC’s mission to bring transparency and inspiration to the Cape Fear region’s economic development endeavors.

This opportunity to learn about what Wilmington can take from other regions’ success was open to the public, and free to attend. The event took place in the MC Erny Gallery of WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Suite 300, in downtown Wilmington, NC.

https://youtu.be/GtfIhB5UMPU

On March 7, 2019, Chairman Jonathan Barfield spoke to the Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) to provide insights gained from tours of other south...

We want to thank everyone that was able to come out last Thursday night.  Your input is helping CFEDC shape it's agenda ...
12/12/2018

We want to thank everyone that was able to come out last Thursday night. Your input is helping CFEDC shape it's agenda for 2019 and informs us of your priorities for regional economic development. We also thank others unable to attend but provided thoughts online. Last but certainly not least, thanks to WHQR Public Media.

Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/18/2018
Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM

Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/18/2018
Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM

Reminder -CFEDC Social at Mad Mole Tonight, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/14/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/14/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/12/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/12/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/12/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -
10/12/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, October 18, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and enjoy good company?  Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday October 18 from 5:00~7:00pm.   There will be a food truck, and music starting at 6:00pm.We welcome anyone inte...

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, September 13, 5:00PM -
09/04/2018
CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, September 13, 5:00PM

CFEDC Social at Mad Mole, September 13, 5:00PM -

Want to learn more about CFEDC, meet our Board Members, network and have fun? Please join us at one of Wilmington's newest breweries - Mad Mole, 6309 Boathouse Rd, on Thursday September 13 at 5:00~7:30pm. Nothing formal, just a good time at a great spot in Wilmington, and an opportunity to socializ...

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Fulfilling the need for leadership in sustainable economic development and job creation in the Cape Fear region. The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) represents a vision for the future economic development of the Cape Fear region that is actionable, sustainable, and that builds on existing strengths of the region. “Quality of place” is the lynchpin of the region’s future. A competitive educational system, thriving arts and culture, and natural beauty are guarantees of that quality. CFEDC is inclusive, culturally sensitive, and progressive. We acknowledge the industrial, economic and cultural past of the Cape Fear region and work to move it toward a prosperous future in the new economy.

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Passing along this insightful post from NC Business Council and The American Sustainable Business Council.