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  Through a Regional Collaboration Grant, regional workforce and economic development partners have formed a collaborative known as the “Eastern Region Workforce Innovations Network” (WIN) which geographical boundaries encompass the following thirteen North Carolina counties – Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson.

The WIN partnership was established to focus on the region’s workforce development needs, priorities,and innovations to ensure a skilled workforce is available to retain good companies as well as attract new industries. Other partners within the Workforce Development Network include the Region’s public school systems, community colleges, private colleges, universities, Employment Security Commission, and JobLink Career Center partners. WIN will serve as a connector for information sharing, identifying resources, and sharing best practices in workforce development. These efforts will support the Region’s major economic development activities and investments that are underway in the Region to spur the growth in the following targeted industry clusters:

  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services including: military base professionals and related contractors, Internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services, and wholesale electronics.
  • Health Care Services including: ambulatory health services, hospitals, nursing care and residential, and offices of doctors and dentists.
  • Motor Vehicle Electrical and Electronic cluster comprises establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing vehicular lighting and/or manufacturing and rebuilding motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment. The products made can be used for all types of transportation equipment.
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, life sciences, and distribution.
  • Food Manufacturing and Food Processing, distribution, and farming.
  • Retiree Attractions, including health care related, new residential construction, and real estate.
  • The Marine Trades Industries Boat Building and Maintenance cluster includes businesses in marine industry such as Hatteras-New Bern, Jarrett Bay, and Parker Marine.
  • The Marine Sciences cluster includes companies such as Duke University Marine Laboratory, NOAA Center for Coast Fisheries and Habitat Research, NC State University Center for Marine Science and Technology, UNC CH Institute of Marine Sciences, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shore, the NC Maritime Museum, and Carteret Community College Aquaculture program.
  • Hospitality and Tourism lodging and hospitality cluster accounts for over 8,400 jobs in the region.
  • Construction Trades and Skilled Trades.

The Eastern Region Wokforce Innovations Network is a Collaborative Project of the following Economic and Workforce Development Organizations:

©Eastern Region Workforce Innovations Network, 2008.