Wilmington, New Hanover look for input on economic development plan


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Submitted: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 6:42pm
Updated: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 11:47pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington want public input on creating an economic development strategy.

The city and county have partnered with Garner Economics, LLC to work on the plan.

One element of the process is to gather feedback on perceptions of New Hanover County and Wilmington’s business climate. To participate and share your perceptions on where the area stands, you can fill out an online survey. The county says the survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and the responses are anonymous.

The survey will be available until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18.

9 Comments

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    The recipients of these filled out forms just want to ball them up in a knot, and play Office Basketball…hitting the garbage can.
    Here folks…read this link…I did your homework for you!

    http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/business-reviews/property-management/garner-properties-management-llc-in-taylor-mi-6029918

  • NHC Fact Check says:

    The BBB rating you have provided is for an entity that is not the firm hired by NHC to do the analysis. The firm working for NHC is Garner Economics LLC.

  • The Realist says:

    Simple question. The area said no to the ball park, no to the cement plant, no to quarry in Brunswick county, big businesses are closing or laying off workers. I think the corporate world can pretty well see what the climate in the Wilmington area is.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    The area said no to the ballpark….This was a good thing because it was nothing more than the public being asked to subsidize a billionaire. The Dayton, Ohio franchise that the proponents used for their poster child because of an incredible number of sellouts in a row……has zero benefit for other existing businesses. In fact, area restaurants close on game days.

    The cement plant is still an ongoing project. I wish it wasn’t because the few jobs it offers (approx. 160) does not justify the pollution and water use (waste) per job in my opinion.

    I do not know what lead to the decision on the quarry in Brunswick County.

    Businesses closing and/or laying off workers is a cycle that happens all the time. Do you believe this is the only area where this happens? If all communities all over this country would eliminate subsidies/incentives and let private business stay private, then the survivors would probably have staying power and the tax payers would get a break. Government welfare for businesses just creates businesses that require more and continued government welfare…….and they are never bashful in their requests/demands…….A man whose personal wealth exceeds 5.5 billion dollars needs the citizens of Wilmington to build him a ballpark…….give me a break.

  • Vog46 says:

    You said:
    “Simple question. The area said no to the ball park, no to the cement plant, no to quarry in Brunswick county, big businesses are closing or laying off workers. I think the corporate world can pretty well see what the climate in the Wilmington area is.”

    This brings to mind a question.
    If these things were such good things for the economy why haven’t OTHER counties stepped forward to offer incentives to the cement plant, the quarry and the ball park? If they were SO GOOD why not?
    Infrastructure? Nah. Titan has to demolish and rebuild. Why not build new from the ground up? Makes more sense and costs less money. Water? Sewer? Available in most counties AND – any county would pony up the water and sewer lines so they could have those 160 jobs if they were THAT GOOD for the economy wouldn’t they?

    Of course its a very real possibility that the ONLY reason they chose Wilmington and New Hanover county is that we have the best (and easiest) politicians money can buy.

    Vog

  • Common Sense says:

    How Convenient. Garner Economics is anchored in Atlanta. Gee, wonder if there is any connection to the Braves or Mandalay? How in the heck did this community elect these clowns again? What is wrong with you people?
    http://www.garnereconomics.com/Team/Default.aspx

  • kingstonman says:

    In my opinion and I know many would tell me where to “put it” is that our area’s woes would see a huge difference if our city and county governments were combined. I have lived here 48 years and witnessed how they do not pull together. Our county is very small as is our city so by combining the two there would be an increase in size strength.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    I agree 100%! The elimination of duplication of services and 2 sets of thieves..er…I mean politicians to keep up with would be nice. In view of the last elections results, do not hold your breath while waiting for common sense to prevail.

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