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 cravencountync.gov.
Craven 100 Alliance
Five Year Strategic Initiatives 2015-2019
Initiative 1: Product Development
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 #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 #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 #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 #2: Create Advanced Manufacturing Pathway