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Lincoln among counties in regional economic survey

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Citizens from 17 counties in the Charlotte region, including Lincoln County, are invited to participate in a survey about the local economy.
Part of a joint effort between the Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the survey is seeking input in order to update the region’s five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, according to a CEDC press release.
The strategy is designed to help support and guide priorities for economic development in the region in order to bolster job creation and the economy as a whole.
“The purpose of the survey is to obtain the public’s feedback on opportunities, emerging issues and challenges existing for our region’s economic structure and future growth, “ said Mike Manis, president of the CEDC, in the release. “The responses from the survey will inform our strategic planning for a globally competitive, world-class region that promotes business and job growth while ensuring vibrant and resilient communities.”
One key component of the “strategic planning process” is linking the region’s work-force skills and strengths, education assets and infrastructure to the needs of growing or emerging industries. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy plan has the goal of outlining an approach to “coordinated growth and prosperity that builds on the region’s strengths, prioritizes key regional industry clusters and emphasizes collaboration,” the release noted.
Plans to conduct the survey were announced Aug. 10 to more than 120 regional business, education and work-force leaders at the Global Competitiveness Summit in Charlotte, said the release.
Early next year, feedback from the survey will be incorporated into work in the regional CONNECT Our Future initiative funded by a $4.9 million HUD planning grant. The outcomes will also be applied to the area’s marketing strategies.
The online survey, which should take roughly 10 minutes to complete, can be found online at www.ProsperityForGreaterCharlotte.com.
“Everyone who resides and works within the greater Charlotte region is encouraged to participate,” said Chris Engle of Avalanche Consulting. “The higher the level of participation, the better the consulting team will be able to tailor the strategy to the vision of its residents.”
The consulting team for the project includes Avalanche Consulting of Austin, Texas, McCallum Sweeney Consulting of Greenville, S.C., and the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning of Chicago. More information about the project and lead organizations can be found at www.4noboundaries.org/2012_CEDS_Update.php.

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