Preparing an Industrial Site Our January and February editorials focused on the recruitment process. As we discussed, it can be a huge boon to a County to land a large project but it isn’t as quick or easy as it seems. As a local economic development agency we have to focus on how to increase […]

Business Recruitment Part 2 – The Close Last month we discussed the recruitment process – “The Hunt” – and how it happens. Much of that process is out of our control. For example, if a company is looking for a community within 20 minutes of a major, international airport there isn’t much we can do. […]

Business Recruitment Part 1 – The Hunt Today’s editorial will be part one of a two part discussion on the fourth pillar of BDI’s current Action Plan – business recruitment. Business recruitment, sometimes referred to as “the hunt”, is by far the most recognized role that an economic development organization plays in a community. Think […]

From the Burke County Chamber of Commerce Connect NC Bond: Invest in Our Future Editor’s Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of Chamber newsletter articles leading up to a vote on the NC Bond Referendum next March. If approved by voters, the $1.2 billion statewide bond package would designate more than $91 […]

Economic Development in Burke: Workforce Development This is the third editorial in which I have explained the components of BDI’s current Action plan, which can be viewed at Today we’ll focus on workforce development, which has become increasingly relevant to economic development professionals in recent years. Workforce development was often seen as a function […]

Economic Development in Burke: Supporting Small Business Today’s editorial provides more information about the 2015-2016 Burke Development Action Plan in a continued effort to inform the community about how we carry out economic development work at BDI. In this piece we focus on what BDI does to support small business, entrepreneurship and industry clusters. Organizations […]

BEBO (Burke Entrepreneurs and Business Owners) will host a quarterly networking event on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:30pm at the Foothills Higher Education Center in room 211. There will be good food, a local success story and opportunities to network with other Burke County business owners.

Economic Development in Burke: A 12-month Plan Retention and Expansion Recently the BDI Board of Directors approved our 2015-2016 Action Plan. For anyone wanting more information, you can view the complete Action Plan here. In today’s editorial I want to discuss one of our four areas of emphasis outlined in the Action Plan – business […]