Building Resilient Regions: PPC Final Report
In the summer of 2019, the International Economic Development for Sustainable Programme (IEDSP) 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. IEDSP will provide 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 proposed area for this regional technical assistance consists of Pitt, Martin, Washington, Tyrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Craven and Pamlico Counties serviced by the regional economic development organization, the NC East Alliance. IEDSP closely examined the county’s capabilities and needs, current programs, interdependencies, and economic development challenges in an effort to promote economic recovery and resilience. This technical assistance project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) focused on economic recovery and resiliency of FY2011 disaster-impacted communities and regions in the EDA Atlanta region.
From October 26-29, 2015 an expert panel comprised of economic development professionals and two IEDSP staff members visited the region for a three-day site visit. Prior to the visit, IEDSP staff prepared a thorough background report on the area. This report was provided to the IEDSP Team and covered demographic, socioeconomic, and the current economic development environment information. The background report provided the IEDSP 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.
During the site visit, the panel interviewed several stakeholders of the community. This included, but was not limited to:
Economic development organizations, partners and allies; Local elected officials;
Local, County, and regional economic development partners; Banking institutions;
Real estate and development professionals; Local small and large businesses;
Education institutions; Workforce organizations; and Planning staff.
Throughout the site visit, the IEDSP Team toured the region to see areas of interest for reference. After all of the meetings and tours, the IEDSP Team delivered a summary report of preliminary findings and recommendations. This report elaborates on those findings and recommendations and presents strategies and case examples to assist with implementation.