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Economic Development Competitive Positioning & Organizational Delivery Assessment

In September 2019, Gaston County contracted with Economic Leadership, LLC, of Raleigh to conduct an Economic Development Competitive Positioning & Organizational Delivery Assessment.

Economic Leadership reviewed the County’s recent performance, examined county-specific and comparative data, and conducted intensive stakeholder outreach.

Our findings confirm earlier public statements that the County is experiencing a period of growth and opportunity and that many stakeholders are ready to collaborate toward a community strategy. We also believe there are important steps that the County and its partners can take toward building a more robust and aligned economic development approach.

Our work has resulted in a set of recommendations for Gaston County, which have been reviewed and refined by the Project Oversight Committee. We have compiled the Recommendation Timeline below based on our findings. The research and experience that led us to these recommendations are spelled out in the longer report.