Creative EDC at IEDC

October 14, 2014

Crystal Morphis will be attending the IEDC Annual Conference October 19th through 22nd in Fort Worth, TX.  In 2014, we launched social media services for EDOs and, an innovative online site assessment tool. Talk with Crystal at the conference to get the round-up on new services from Creative EDC. Set an appointment by emailing us: [email protected]

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Creative EDC at SCEDA

October 8, 2014

Crystal Morphis will be attending the SCEDA Midyear meeting October 9th and 10th.  Please contact her at [email protected] if you would like to discuss consulting projects while at the conference. It’s the time of year to start planning your board retreat and set program of work priorities for 2015. Contact Creative EDC about facilitating your annual board planning […]

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Creative Give Back Update

October 2, 2014

In January 2014, we announced the first Creative Give Back, our commitment to give away one consulting project each year ( The winning proposal was submitted by the four towns of Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Stallings. They proposed to form an economic development alliance to capitalize on the assets shared by the four […]

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How to Incorporate LinkedIn & Google News into your BRE Program

September 12, 2014

Social media isn’t just about gaining followers. Social media can be a powerful networking and intelligence tool. Social media can be incorporated into your BRE strategies.   LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for your BRE program. Login to LinkedIn and follow the companies (large and small) within your community. Don’t just follow – listen […]

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SEDC Silent Auction

July 31, 2014

Even though our team cannot attend the upcoming SEDC annual conference in Memphis, we donated a Site Selector Review to the silent auction. It is for a good cause so bid often!     2014 Annual Conference Memphis, TN August 3 – 4

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Social Media – It’s All About Strategy

July 23, 2014

If you don’t have a social media strategy, it will fail as a marketing tool. “Social media isn’t a toolbox of silver bullets given to us by aliens, it’s just a new set of technologies and concepts that we need to integrate into our existing marketing strategy” (Lon Safko). As with any marketing initiative you […]

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Creative EDC In The News….

June 4, 2014

Study: Larger technology talent pool needed for Knowledge Park Rock Hill will need to attract talent from Charlotte to make Knowledge Park viable, according to a new city-commissioned study. The existing local pool of technology workers is not big enough to support the Knowledge Park effort initially, Creative Economic Development Consulting of Elkin, N.C., concluded […]

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Growing Small Ideas Into Big Business

May 14, 2014

Abbeville County, SC (pop. 25,000) is a small, rural county without an interstate. What Abbeville County does have is a creative and innovative local economic developer. After being in economic development almost 20 years, I’ll take that over an interstate any day. Abbeville County developer Steve Bowles’ philosophy is that “small ideas can grow into […]

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A Best Practice Partnership

April 15, 2014

Wingate University & Henderson County Economic development, even though highly competitive, embraces partnership. We form partnerships with ally organizations. We facilitate new partnerships between business and government. We leverage regional and state partners. In spite of its occasional frustrations, partnering can lead to creative solutions that can be more impactful than solo projects. Henderson County is […]

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2014 Creative Give Back Winner Is…

March 31, 2014

  The Creation of an Economic Development Alliance for the Towns of Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill and Stallings The four towns propose to develop a partnership between Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Stallings to create an Alliance for economic development. The Creative Give Back project will evaluate various economic development partnership opportunities for […]

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