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Strong Roots, Smart Growth Economic Development Plan

Rose & Associates Southeast, Inc. was engaged by Harnett County, NC to review and update Demographic and Economic information from the 2015 Grow Harnett County Comprehensive Growth Plan, and provide a more detailed evaluation of Economic Development in Harnett County to identify opportunities for improvement.

Harnett County is strategically located between the Raleigh, NC region and Research Triangle Park, and the Fayetteville, NC region and Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s largest military installations. The county has experienced tremendous growth from the economic expansion of both of these areas, and has evolved from an agricultural economy to a manufacturing one, as well as a place of natural resource abundance that allures people to visit, work and live in. At the center lies the Town of Lillington, the County Seat, and is home to renowned Campbell University, which is situated just east in Buies Creek. Economic Development is not just about recruiting new businesses to the region. It also includes stewardship of policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives like sustainable growth; policies and programs to provide services such as infrastructure and access; and advocacy for the policies and programs directed at improving the region’s business climate.

This report provides review of what has changed since the 2015 Plan was adopted, benchmarking to determine best practices, and recommendations for how to move forward through the implementation of a 5-year plan.

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