Silverman highlights ten of North Carolina's most successful economic developers. These professionals are hired by counties and other government entities to recruit business and industry to a particular area.
On-line newspaper service in the state ranges from the basic, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER electronic bulletin board, to the sophisticated, THE NEWS AND OBSERVER's NandO.net. Location, start-up costs and revenue sources must be considered before going on-line.
The state's 100 counties are divided into seven economic regions for the purpose of promoting each region to attract prospective employers. Regional financing comes from local and state governments and businesses.
Two decades ago the Charlotte Motor Speedway attracted few fans. Now, through the efforts of Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler, it is a $56-million-a-year holding company, with varied business interests, including the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A lack of usable land to develop, high unemployment, and inadequate infrastructure often lead the state's coastal and mountain counties to depend highly on tourism for revenues, while at the same time seeking other ways to enlarge their economic base.