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Old 02-09-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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Why are Western and Eastern North Carolina's economies so weak in comparison with the Piedmont region? Why don't these two areas use their natural advantanges (Mountains in the West and Ocean in the East) to foster greater development? Any other suggestions or comments?
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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Why are Western and Eastern North Carolina's economies so weak in comparison with the Piedmont region? Why don't these two areas use their natural advantanges (Mountains in the West and Ocean in the East) to foster greater development? Any other suggestions or comments?

Textile and agriculture in NC have taken a big hit in recent decades. That has translated into far fewere jobs in those areas.

Trust me, there is plenty of development going on along the coast and in the mountains. But that isn't enough to bolster up the economy to everyon'e benefit in those areas.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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Textile and agriculture in NC have taken a big hit in recent decades. That has translated into far fewere jobs in those areas.

Trust me, there is plenty of development going on along the coast and in the mountains. But that isn't enough to bolster up the economy to everyon'e benefit in those areas.
I know there is development in these areas, just nothing equal to the Piedmont region. The state government should focus more on these areas, and less in the central part of the state.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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I used to work for the NC Dept of Commerce and a local economic development organization in northwest NC in the 1980's & 90's. I'm not totally current on all the state's economic development efforts, but trust me, there have been many state-supported and other programs designed to encourage development in outlying areas, including more tax breaks etc. (such as the Bill Lee Act). The NC Rural Development Center also has had all kinds of programs. The state of NC does not "focus" primarily on the Piedmont, but has to help facilitate business relocations/expansions wherever companies decide THEY want to look. You can lead a horse to water...
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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I used to work for the NC Dept of Commerce and a local economic development organization in northwest NC in the 1980's & 90's. I'm not totally current on all the state's economic development efforts, but trust me, there have been many state-supported and other programs designed to encourage development in outlying areas, including more tax breaks etc. (such as the Bill Lee Act). The NC Rural Development Center also has had all kinds of programs. The state of NC does not "focus" primarily on the Piedmont, but has to help facilitate business relocations/expansions wherever companies decide THEY want to look. You can lead a horse to water...
If this is true, why don't more companies choose the mountains and coast?
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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because in the Piedmont, industries have access to 85, 77, 73, 40 to transport goods that many companies already have a distribution location.

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Old 02-10-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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Exactly... more business resources in the Piedmont. Also access to skilled labor force, and many other business considerations. It's not simply a matter of where the CEO or business owner might want to live and play.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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Rocky Mount looks really sad. It has charm to it. I wish they could fix up that place.
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