GREENVILLE, North Carolina (WNCT) – National Economic Development Week runs May 9-15, 2021.
Greenville is one of many cities across the country working to raise awareness of the importance of economic developers.
Most people don’t know the importance of economic development, or how they can get involved to improve it. The Greenville ENC Alliance is using this week to help change that.
“Economic development is everywhere and it involves everyone and it should involve everyone because it affects you at home,” said Steve Weathers, president of the Greenville ENC Alliance.
This week is National Economic Development Week, and this is the first year that the Greenville ENC Alliance has participated in the celebration. But what is economic development? Weathers said it involved more than manufacturing companies.
“Economic development also involves building homes, retailing, developing downtown areas, all of those things that you and I do as citizens every day,” he said. “When you go to spend money on coffee, it’s economic development because you keep someone employed. “
The ENC Alliance in Greenville is launching a social media campaign this week to explain the role of economic developers in the region. Weathers said improving economic development is a team effort that also involves people in the community.
“The citizens here have a dynamic impact and effect on economic development,” he said. “When they go there and spend their money locally and buy things locally, it helps create more jobs and more economic benefits here.”
Weathers said the best thing people can do to help with economic development is to shop locally.
“Make sure that when you buy things, even if you buy them online and have them delivered to your house, try to buy locally here,” Weathers said. “The idea is to keep that money in our community because once you ship it out of our community, it will never come back.”
The Greenville ENC Alliance will host a Facebook Live Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. as part of Economic Development Week. The community conversation will feature Weathers. He will be available to answer questions about economic development, projects and plans for the future. You can access the live chat by clicking here.