Consultants to Study Region's Future

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Region is growing quickly, but the Chamber of Commerce is trying to determine if growth is good.

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has hired consultants to help the Cape Fear region prosper.

Those consultants say the first step is to define what prosperity is, so they'll organize focus groups in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties.

Senior Researcher Kevin Stolarick says on the one hand the area's job market is expanding.

But in the past 5 years, it's in the upper twenties, out of twenty-five, when it comes to income growth. So as a region it's been growing, but it's not necessarily improving.

Stolarick and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce expect to present more definitive answers on the region's future early next year.