and the Transformation of
In this project students map out industrial
change in North Carolina and
document the shifting competitiveness of five of the state’s key
traditional sectors such as Agriculture, Textiles and Furniture, as well
emerging sectors such as Information Technology and Biotechnology.
Through empirical analysis and grounded interviews with public
actors, students map out the base-line structure of each industry and
ongoing changes and transformations. Short summaries of each industry
study are followed by full reports that can be downloaded. The goal
project is to trace the evolution of these industries by documenting shifts
in baseline data every two years.
Marine Trades in North Carolina’s
Marine Trades report
As part of the Department of City and Regional Planning’s
workshop class, a team of students worked with the Carteret County Economic
Development Council in the Spring of 2006 to develop strategies to support
the long-term competitiveness of the marine trades industry in five Eastern
counties – Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Jones, and Pamlico.
Although well-established and an important provider of businesses and
the industry is under pressure from a loss of waterfront access for boats
a shortage of qualified workers. The graduate-level workshop
“Leveraging Marine Trades in North Carolina's Water Counties”,
around these issues. The students of the class spent four months
the conditions of the industry.