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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Southeast’s 10th Regional Data Book is released

North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Data Book 2008 is just the facts and a lot of them.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, second from left, received the 10th edition of the Regional Data Book from Jane Smith, chair of North Carolina’s Southeast. Looking on are from left: Sylvia Pate, director of UNCP’s Regional Center, Dr. Carolyn Jewell of Fayetteville State University and Dr. William Hall of UNC Wilmington.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, second from left, received the 10th edition of the Regional Data Book from Jane Smith, chair of North Carolina’s Southeast. Looking on are from left: Sylvia Pate, director of UNCP’s Regional Center, Dr. Carolyn Jewell of Fayetteville State University and Dr. William Hall of UNC Wilmington.

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Unveiled April 18 at UNC Pembroke’s Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development, the Data Book is the perfect tool to aid the economic development of the 11-county Southeastern North Carolina region.

The book, which is available on line at www.ncse.org is updated annually by a team from UNCP, Fayetteville State University and UNC Wilmington.

“This data book puts answers at the fingertips of economic developers, prospective businesses and existing businesses,” said Jane Smith, chair of North Carolina’s Southeast. “It is important to have the universities and community colleges involved in compiling this information.”

Regional Data Book CoverSylvia Pate, director of UNCP’s Regional Center, was responsible for researching a wide variety of data, including livability, infrastructure, transportation, media, public safety, health care and culture.

“A lot of research goes into this, but there are many things people need to know about our region,” Pate said. “For instance, there is abundant water and waste water capacity, the climate is wonderful, the air is clean and crime is on the decline.

“We are rich in cultural attractions and events; that section could have gone on forever,” Pate said. “We even have five wineries.”

The 10th annual Data Book also covers population, workforce, taxes and education in a region that stretches from Wilmington to Fayetteville to Richmond County.

UNCW’s Dr. William Hall, who compiled workforce and populations data, has worked on all 10 books.

“I think back 10 years ago, and I see many changes,” Dr. Hall said. “It remains a very important document for economic development.”

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors officially accepted the first copy and immediately asked about the impact of the base relocation of BRAC on Ft. Bragg.

“Population growth in the region overall is slowing, but BRAC will bring in 20,000 people,” Dr. Hall said.

“We are already seeing new housing construction and prices going up,” said Dr. Carolyn Jewell of Fayetteville State University. “Congestion will be another factor.”

For more information, please contact the Regional Center at 910.775.4000 or email rc@uncp.edu.

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