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Presentation on theme: "NC TOMORROW A COLLABORATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH April 7, 2011."— Presentation transcript:


2 NCARC 2010 - Getting Our House In Order Requested NADO to facilitate statewide planning for NCARC Developed Strategic Action Plan that included a Program of Work focused on the following core areas: Aging issues in NC Convener of relevant/emerging regional issues Energy Environment Transportation Workforce Increased staff services to support state organization MOU with NCACC & NCLM that confirms regional councils as the appropriate regional “service delivery agencies” for federal and state services

3 NCARC 2010 Continued Developed Interagency Action Report for Governor Signed Inter-Regional Cooperative Agreement Agreed upon Standard Operating Procedures Agreed upon “self policing” for quality control: RPO Peer Review 2010-11 Entered into discussions with EDA to discuss a stronger collaborative approach to the CEDS planning process in North Carolina and strengthening the Association’s capacity…submitted grant to EDA EDA challenged us to develop a “statewide rollup” of the CEDS

4 Challenges to the process Very limited resources for planning EDD districts did not cover the entire state 4 COGs not covered by EDA

5 How Could NCARC Best Contribute to Economic Recovery

6 Why Do We Need Yet Another Process? Federal, state and local budgets are in extreme stress and we can no longer afford bad decisions based on non-factual information To prevent duplication of spending and create government efficiencies on all levels, leveraging all available resources to attract private investment To foster collaboration for community revitalization and job creation Private companies create jobs in stable, healthy communities with a high quality of life FACT

7 SAS Institute Becomes a Player SAS Corporation – Worldwide Headquarters in Cary, NC 2010 - Institute for State and Local Government Brought their resources to the process ($3.9 Million) NCARC & SAS collaborated to develop REPS Regional Economic Prosperity Strategy Model Creates a “portal” for comprehensive data tool NC data sources housed, maintained and analyzed Provides “scenario planning” for development Provides a trusted source for “one version of the truth” without political or industry slants Allows multiple users via protected password to analyze data Provides the wider economic development community with reports, analysis, etc. from one portal on the web

8 What Is Different About This Process A real analytical tool for assessing where we are, how a specific action can affect our “competitive edge” and brings quality of life issues into the equation Provides “real time” data and “scenario” analysis Brings all silo data into ONE planning and assessment tool for all local, state and federal partners Serves as a “scorecard” for performance measures and project effectiveness

9 Who Are the Partners To Date? NC Association of Regional Councils of Government NC Department of Commerce: Division of Community Assistance (DCA) with Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funds Led by Assistant Secretary Henry McKoy US Department of Commerce: Economic Development Administration (EDA) National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) SAS Institute, Inc. – Cary, North Carolina

10 How Will the Process Work? STEP ONE Regional Councils will develop Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) for each region in NC in partnership with the NC DOC’s Div. of Community Assistance Funding will be provided by DCA through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in partnership with US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s Economic Assistance Funds NADO will provide staff resources and training to the process SAS has developed a measurement and planning tool for the process (NC Regional Economic Prosperity Solution- REPS)

11 SAS Institute Partnership NC REPS Solutions Regional Councils & State Partners SAS Institute Analytical Data Tools Real time comprehensive data for community development and financial resource allocation decisions No silos Analytical scenario capability Performance measures

12 Step Two – NC WIN Current Resources: DENR is currently developing river basin models and providing other valuable analytical water resource data to planners and policy makers across the state. Identified Need: Bill Holman, former DENR Secretary, stated at the 2010Water Forum, “NC needs greater regional thinking.” Elected officials move in and out of the public long-range planning process of any community, but the regional councils can provide the constant “glue” that is needed to solve the daunting task of developing a water resource plan and implement the strategies necessary to keep the region viable.

13 WIN Goals and Products Provide a regional platform for collaboration, conservation, education and public awareness around water resources in North Carolina. A regional “toolbox” to include following: Regional Water Supply & Demand Analysis: Where does our water come from? What is the condition of our supply? What is the projected need? How do we interact with other water supplies? How will climate change and population growth affect us? How does water supply affect our economic vitality and growth? Regional Public Awareness Campaign Best Conservation Practices Training Partnership Building Workshops Developing a Regional Long-Range Water Resources Plan THE FOUNDATION FOR STATEWIDE WATER PLAN FOR NC

14 Summary and Questions NC TOMORROW – First two Initiatives 1. Develop a Statewide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2. Development and establish the NC Water Information Network (WIN) QUESTIONS? Betty Huskins, Executive Director Email: Cell: 828-273-0276


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