We had a great time at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Power Breakfast this morning! The Power Breakfast Series is a quarterly gathering of the Cape Fear business community to talk about issues of interest to the region. Each breakfast features a panel discussion or speaker discussing important topics related to our community, with a focus on the local economy/business sector. The breakfast series, which started in 2008, are attended by a broad range of influential people, including entrepreneurs, executives, and community leaders. It was a pleasure to mingle and network amongst such an interesting, accomplished. and diverse group! Check out the short video above to see what they are all about...
Fasse bldgs. is thrilled to call Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach our home base!
This Power Breakfast was the first of 2015, and panel discussion was titled: "Where are we?" and focused on where we are, as far as our local economic development plan, and what we need to do to attract more businesses and jobs to our region.
The first topic discussed by panelists was the film incentives in North Carolina and the change from a tax-based to a grant-based incentive in the state of North Carolina. Johnny Griffin, Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director seemed optimistic about the re-evaluation of the the funding for the film grant program in July. Fasse bldgs., like most small businesses in the area, are huge supporters and advocates for the film industry in our region, so it was exciting to hear Griffin discuss how valued Wilmington was by other film and industry professionals who he claims "have not given up" on Wilmington. After talking with several supporters at an LA trade show last week, Griffin says Wilmington is a location they really love, and they value the local businesses, experienced crew, and the infrastructure in place here.
Current efforts driven by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and local and state elected officials are focused on increasing the grant money for movies and television shows that film here, said Griffin. “Our grant fund has been exceeded,” he continued, referring to the state's $10 million grant program legislators put in place before allowing film tax incentives to expire last year.
New Hanover County’s special use permit ordinance also emerged as a topic of debate among local leaders at an event Thursday as they addressed the region’s strides toward achieving economic development goals. In particular, references were made this morning to U.S. 421, which was identified as an area in need of improvements and infrastructure.
The discussion also included ways and ideas to lure businesses to our community, and opportunities to cash in on visitors. For a more in depth account of the panel discussions, check out this article.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thursday!