This April 2016 report, Building Resilient Regions: Pamlico Peninsula Counties, North Carolina, outlines the findings of a technical assistance project completed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). IEDC, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), was contracted to assist Beaufort County and nine other Pamlico Peninsula Counties (PPCs) in the NC East Alliance region of North Carolina with developing and implementing resiliency measures. IEDC provided specific advice on how to strengthen existing programs and develop new programs or strategies so that county and region can be more resilient from an economic perspective to future crisis.
This assessment examined current and planned economic development strategies and initiatives and related fields. The study area for this regional technical assistance consisted of Pitt, Martin, Washington, Tyrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico Counties serviced by the regional economic development organization, the NC East Alliance. IEDC closely examined the county’s capabilities and needs, current programs, interdependencies, and economic development challenges in an effort to promote economic recovery and resilience.
From October 26-29, 2015 an expert panel comprised of economic development professionals and two IEDC staff members visited the region for a three-day site visit. Prior to the visit, IEDC staff prepared a thorough background report on the area. This report was provided to the IEDC Team and covered demographic, socioeconomic, and the current economic development environment information. The background report provided the IEDC Team with a basic knowledge of the region and current policies. This ensured that more time during the site visit was spent asking deeper probing questions instead of basic information on the area.
Throughout the site visit, the IEDC Team toured the region to see areas of interest for reference. The IEDC team also met with numerous stakeholders. After all of the meetings and tours, the IEDC Team presented its preliminary findings and recommendations. The final report elaborates on those findings and presents strategies and case study examples to assist leaders in implementing the IEDC Team’s recommendations.
The recommendations in the final report are broken down into the areas of:
- Develop a Unified Voice
- Inventory assets
- Create a Distinct Regional Brand
- Seek Alternatives for Broadband
- Grow From Within
- Improve land use planning
- Other Recommendations
The panel assembled for this technical assistance included:
- Kellie Boles, Agricultural Development Officer, Loudoun County, VA, Department of Economic Development
- Sarah Garcia, AICP, Economic Development Advisor, TIA Products LLC
- Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, VP Economic Development, MS Engineering and Development (MSED) LLC
- Dana Crater, Senior Economic Development Associate, International Economic Development Council
- Mishka Parkins, Economic Development Associate, International Economic Development Council
This technical assistance project was funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Economic Adjustment Assistance Project No. 04-79-06700. The grant is focused on long-term economic recovery of FY2011 disaster-impacted communities and regions in the EDA Atlanta office region. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
IEDC would like to acknowledge Southwest Airlines, a community partner, for flying team members to the site visit. IEDC would also like to acknowledge StateBook International, ESRI Inc., and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for donating software that was used in this report.