Leveraging Marine Trades in North Carolina's
Carteret County Economic Development Council has commissioned a team of
students from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University
of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill to develop strategies to support the long-term competitiveness
of the marine trades
industry in five counties – Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Jones, and
Although well- established and an important provider of businesses and
jobs, the industry is
under pressure from a loss of waterfront access for boats and a shortage
of qualified workers.
The students of the class spent the four months analyzing the conditions
of the industry.
Workshop classes are a requirement for students in the Department
of City and Regional
Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and designed to give students the opportunity
to apply their skills
in a practical setting. The Office of Economic and Business Development
at UNC Chapel Hill
was responsible for facilitating the working relationship between the
Carteret County Economic
Development Council and the workshop class in the Planning Department.
The team received assistance in the field from the Carteret-County EDC
office, from NC
MARTEC, and from SBTDC Marine Trades` Services. The students of
the workshop class have
prepared a set of recommendations for the economic development groups
in the subject counties
to promote the long-term strength of the marine trades industry, and have
report to the economic developers, their boards and public officials.
Leveraging the Marine Trades in North Carolina's Water Counties:
An analysis of the cluster's workforce development and waterfront access
needs April 2006