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Regionalism is a tradition in North Carolina due to the state's three distinct regions: the coastal flatlands, the rolling Piedmont, and the western peaks. It remains to be seen whether regional approaches to planning and government can be successful in the long run.
Although the 1995 General Assembly reduced funding for regionalism, grouping the state's one hundred counties into seven consortia, the Commerce Department still sees it as an effective way to recruit new industries.
The state's eighteen regional councils, each with an extensive information base about their own problems, resources, and governments, offer the opportunity for interjurisdictional planning and cooperation.
North Carolina split into seven regional partnerships in the 1990s in order to sell itself more effectively. The author examines the impact of this decision years later to determine if the split was successful in recruiting and retaining business.
Correcting the issues with competitive chambers of commerce and making the Raleigh-Durham region a single economic entity is what the Raleigh-Durham Regional Association is all about. Organized in 1990, the association works to market the Research Triangle and serve the regional forum for economic development interests.