The annual edition of North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Profile was released in late September.
UNC Pembroke’s Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development and its Director Sylvia Pate participated in research for the 11-county economic fact book. It was the 10th edition for Pate.
“The book is a one-stop guide for economic developers, businesses, prospective businesses, grant writers and others interested in our region,” Pate said. “I produced sections on ‘Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure,’ ‘Business Costs’ and ‘Quality of Life.’
“There are sections on important issues such as demographics, workforce and industry, education, and community profiles on each of the 11 counties in addition to the three sections that I worked on,” Pate continued. “It is reader friendly and a nice looking marketing publication.”
The book is produced annually by North Carolina’s Southeast, one of the seven economic development partnerships in North Carolina, and this year resulted in a major facelift to the publication. The Southeast includes Fayetteville and Wilmington and runs from Richmond to Pender counties.
Fayetteville State University and UNC Wilmington also aided in research for the booklet.
The Regional Profile focuses on the characteristics of the workforce in the region. It examines the current status of manufacturing and employment as well as educational institutions of the region.
“The study will lead to the development of a strategic action and implementation plan for the region to meet present and future workforce needs,” said Steve Yost, director for North Carolina’s Southeast.