Monday, August 31, 2009

Priority Areas

With more than forty potential projects outlined in the Cape Fear Future Cookbook, the Leadership Team had to decide which were the most doable, would have significant impact, and would be a good jumping off point for the initiative. After deliberation, three areas were defined (please note they are not in a ranked order):

Image Enhancement: help create and communicate an image for the Cape Fear Region that will attract and retain knowledge sector workers;

Entrepreneurship: grow and promote entrepreneurship;

STEM Education: emphasize the importance of educational opportunities and excellence in schools, as well as recruit students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Each of the priority areas are instrumental in creating an environment that will attract and retain knowledge workers in order to promote sustained economic growth and greater prosperity for the region. Many additional areas of focus have been defined through community input and the work of the consulting group Catalytix, which will be addressed as the process moves forward.

By working toward these enhancements to the region, CFF will help ensure that businesses in the region have skilled workers as the Baby Boomers retire and the younger demographic shrinks, and that the region will be a magnet for knowledge-based businesses.

"Champions" for the various initiatives will help ensure that the individual projects are completed, and will include CFF supporters such as the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, UNCW, CFCC, NHRMC, Progress Energy, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PPD, Coty, and more.

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