Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development

February 2015 Newsletter


Christopher Chung, an economic development veteran who launched Missouri`s award-winning business development corporation, has been named CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) effective January 12th. 

He launched and led Missouri`s public-private partnership to be recognized as one of the country`s best economic development programs - helping recruit 78 new corporate operations, 10,000 jobs and $1 billion in capital investment since 2010.

"In a state with so much to offer, our job is to get our story out around the world, said Chung."

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 Onslow School Superintendent invited to White House Conference 

Rick Stout is one of three North Carolina superintendents and more than 100 nationwide who were selected by the U.S. Department of Education to attend a White House conference on digital learning.
The conference is an extension of the Connected Initiative announced by the president in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high speed Internet within five years and empower teachers with technology for the classroom.
To read more on the White House Conference, click here.
Mayor Phillips on State Blue Ribbon Commission

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips has been appointed by NC House Speaker Thom Tillis to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission to study the Building & Infrastructure needs of the State. He was recommended for the State group by the NC League of Municipalities.


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Government Center Ribbon Cutting 

  Friday, January 30th was the Onslow County Government Center`s ribbon cutting ceremony. The new government center has consolidated 12 properties and over 120 employees under the same roof. The building is now a "one - stop - shop" for all the citizens in Onslow County who may have business to attend to with an Onslow County office. 

Albert J. Ellis Airport Update

Albert J. Ellis Airport Director Chris White calls the hub's $43.9 million upgrade an overdue - and immense - "redevelopment."

Bids have been received and approved for the general aviation terminal, by the Onslow County Board of Commissioners. The Wilmington-based Clancy & Theys Construction Company, was approved for construction of the general aviation executive terminal for $4,853,999.22.

Construction continues at the 67,000 square-foot, two-story, three-gate passenger terminal that will replace the original building created in 1970. The new passenger terminal - will expand operational spaces with more screening, waiting, and boarding areas.


 The $43.9 million redevelopment project will tap $28.6 million in federal funds and grants; $13.3 million in locally generated funds - including airport revenue and $8.5 million the county borrowed for the project, White said.


Other additions slated for Ellis Airport include a new aircraft-control tower, more hangars, a runway extension and more paving rehabilitation. 


For more information, http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/county-to-mull-terminal-construction-contract-1.420510. as well as, http://onslow.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=onslow_38b593a6f7349815701bfe90f03119bc.pdf&view=1.


 Sheila Pierce Appointed to EDPNC

Sheila Pierce Executive Director of JOED has been appointed to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). The EDPNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation comprised of a 17 member board that oversees the state`s efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development.

If you missed it, you can read more here  or go to http://www.edpnc.com/

 Bare Joins JOED Staff

 Cheryl Bare has joined our staff as our Administrative Assistant. She and her husband recently moved here from Quantico, Va. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a background in office management, human resources and procurement within the defense community. Please welcome her aboard when you call or visit our office.


Innovation Center (iCenter)

The North Carolina Innovation Center (iCenter), a working laboratory in Raleigh, N.C., where users can test new hardware and software before the state commits to purchasing them.


So far, the state has tested more than $6 million worth of technology for free, and the iCenter has saved the state about $1.4 million a year in storage costs and $7 million in renegotiated contracts,according to a news release a year after the opening (http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20141028/north-carolina-lead-national-innovation-community).

 Community Profile

Click here to view current demographic, wage, and economic impact data. This information can always be found on our website - www.onslowedc.com



We hope you enjoyed your edition of the JOED Newsletter!
In This Issue
White House Conference
Mayor Phillips on State Blue Ribbon Commission
Government Center Ribbon Cutting
Albert J. Ellis Airport Update
Sheila Pierce Appointed to EDPNC
Bare Joins JOED Staff
Innovation Center
Community Profile
Our Board of Directors

Steve Wangerin 



 Ed Garris

 Vice Chairman


Cliff Ray



Budda Howard  

Past Chairman


Mike Alford  

Sandra Fountain 

Harry Brown

Susan Edwards

Joey Carter  

Elliott Potter

Millie Chalk

Tom Rollins

Jeff Clark

Billy Sewell

Gary Danford

John Stevenson

Bob Dickerson

Bob Warlick


Chairman Barbara Ikner, Onslow County


Brig. Gen. Robert Castellvi, MCB Camp Lejeune


Mayor Scott Chadwick, Town of Swansboro


Mayor Anita Dingler, Town of Holly Ridge


Mayor Zander Guy, Town of Surf City


Hunter Hadley, EDAC Representative


Jeff Hudson, Manager, Onslow County


Commissioner W.C. Jarman, ONWASA


Laurette Leagon, President, Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce


Ralph Leeds, Division of Workforce Solutions, NCDOC


Dr. Ron Lingle, President, Coastal Carolina Community College


Mayor Sammy Phillips, City of Jacksonville


Sheila Pierce, Executive Director, JOED


Dr. Ed Piper, CEO, Onslow Memorial Hospital


Jeff Clark, Chairman, Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce BOD


Col. Timonthy Salmon, MCAS New River


Mayor McKinley Smith, Town of Richlands


Pam Thomas,  Chair, Onslow Co. Board of Education


Mayor Dan Tuman, North Topsail Beach


Dr. Richard Woodruff, Manager, City of Jacksonville



Interested in the latest statistics for Onslow County?


How about the most recent economic impact reports of Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station?


JOED keeps you up to date with the latest information on statistics and economic impact through our

Community Profile


Contact Us:


1099 Gum Branch Road

Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone: (910) 347-3141 




Sheila Pierce, Exec. Dir.


 Dan Oliver, Deputy Dir.


Cheryl Bare,