Craven County Economic Development & Craven 100 Alliance

by March 11, 2017

Craven County is the lead public sector partner with the Craven 100 Alliance. The County’s Economic Development Department staff serves as staff for the C1A.

While working hand-in-hand with the Craven 100 Alliance, the County can provide certain services related to economic development that the C1A cannot do on its own – incentives, infrastructure work, regulation assistance. Craven County owns over 150 acres of development land at the Craven County Industrial Park that it actively markets for development.

If you would like additional information about anything related to Economic Development in Craven County, please contact Timothy Downs at 252.633.5300 or visit

Craven 100 Alliance

In 2014, the Committee of 100, Craven County, and the cities of New Bern and Havelock came together to form the Craven 100 Alliance, a public-private economic development partnership. Under this new organization, the four partners will now collaborate on long-term planning and set the direction for economic development in Craven County along with local stakeholders in each facet of economic development.
The Craven 100 Alliance will build on the efforts and success of the groups that preceded it, while forging stronger relationships with strategic partners in order to fully leverage their broad range of resources. When we are successful, Craven County benefits from increased job openings, improved tax revenues, and a secure population.
For more information visit:

see Board of Directors

Five Year Strategic Initiatives 2015-2019

Initiative 1: Product Development

Objective #1:  Prepare all remaining development pads at the existing industrial parks.
Objective #2:  Identify and invest in new development sites in order to spur increased job creation.
Objective #3:  Construct a speculative shell building based on market demand.
Objective #4:  Develop off-base product to support F-35 suppliers.

Initiative 2: New Business Recruitment

Objective #1:  Develop and produce customized, professional marketing materials.
Objective #2:  Conduct recruitment trips to and from Craven County.
Objective #3:  Develop a local Job Development and Investment Grant program.
Objective #4:  Create and implement a direct marketing effort for targeted industries.
Objective #5:  Coordinate with the agriculture cooperative and State of NC to recruit/develop agribusiness.

Initiative 3: Business Retention and Expansion

Objective #1:  Formalize an existing business retention program.
Objective #2:  Develop and implement an existing industry supply chain prospect recruitment strategy.
Objective #3:  Establish a local (B2B) purchasing program to leverage purchasing power of large institutions and industries.
Objective #4:  Develop an Existing Industry Growth Fund

Initiative 4: Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development

Objective #1:  Develop and market a small business and entrepreneur (SBE) program.
Objective #2:  Implement SBE plan, physical space renovation, and hiring of staff for an entrepreneur development center.
Objective #3:  Open and operate The Entrepreneur Center of Craven County.

Initiative 5: Training and Workforce Development

Objective #1:  Assist Craven Community College and Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board with expanding workforce readiness programs.
Objective #2:  Create Advanced Manufacturing Pathway
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