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Connie Majure-Rhett

Former President and CEO , Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Connie Majure-Rhett is president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. She has more than 35 years of experience in chamber of commerce management, having served on chamber staffs in Charlotte, Atlanta and Cobb County, Geo  

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Economic Development
May 2, 2016

Where The Chamber Will Focus Its Public Policy Efforts

This is an important election year locally, statewide and nationally, coupled with a short session of the N.C. General Assembly. In addition, one-third of the N.C. Senate will be leaving in 2016 due t ...

Economic Development
Mar 17, 2016

What Can We Learn From Richmond?

Cities must have a strategic and targeted economic development plan …cooperation among all groups is the key to development and preservation … high-quality public spaces are worth the in ...

Education
Feb 19, 2016

Let’s Rally The Community, Not The National Guard

I found it ironic that the same morning I attended the annual meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence, I read a column called “Heart of the Matter” in th ...

Economic Development
Jan 25, 2016

Traded Sector Employment Loses Ground

Creating a flow of dollars into a region is a fundamental key to economic prosperity. One of the best ways to gauge a community’s standing in this area is through traded sector employment. Put s ...

Economic Development
Oct 30, 2015

Regional Economic Scorecard Will Provide Impetus To Address Challenges

Knowing where you need to go starts with knowing where you are. That simple concept drove the latest project spearheaded by the Wilmington Chamber’s flagship initiative, Cape Fear Future. While ...

Economic Development
Jul 27, 2015

Unfair Business Practices Threaten Airlines

The U.S. airline industry’s considerable economic and employment impact on this state and many others is being put at risk by the unfair business practices of a pair of Persian Gulf governments ...

Economic Development
Jul 9, 2015

Hammerheads Maximize Youth And Community Synergy

I was concerned in 2013 when I learned that majority ownership of the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team was being sold to George Altirs following the conclusion of the 2013 USL PRO regular season. Ma ...

Economic Development
Jun 2, 2015

Losing Ex-Im Bank Means Losing Local Jobs

The future of thousands of American jobs is uncertain. Those jobs are tied to companies that depend on exporting, but the culprit isn’t overseas. Our own government holds the future of these wor ...

Economic Development
May 18, 2015

The Perceptions And Realities Of Crime

Communities that are the most effective at fighting crime and preventing the conditions that lead to crime are the communities where law enforcement doesn’t tackle the issue alone. Successful co ...

Economic Development
Mar 9, 2015

Why A Public-Private Partnership Is Favorable For The Water Street Parking Deck Redevelopment

It’s intriguing to consider the importance that a 1.2 acre parcel of land has played in the vibrancy of downtown Wilmington over the past 50 years … and the importance it could play in th ...

Economic Development
Feb 1, 2015

Grow Biotech … Be Part Of The MARBIONC Advisory Council

Walking through the Marine Biotechnology Center of North Carolina (MARBIONC) on the UNCW Crest Research Park campus reminds me why I work in economic and community development, not science. Rented lab ...

Economic Development
Dec 1, 2014

Why You Should Participate in Hometown Hires

“You can give a man food to eat. You can give a man clothes. But at the end of the day, giving a man a job will change his life. And I’m living proof of that.” Those words are spo ...

Other
Nov 15, 2014

Bridge To Everywhere

Seven eighth-grade students stood before the Wilmington City Council in April and presented a proposal to use the Hemenway Center on weekends as a Youth Enrichment Zone Teen Center. The seven were mem ...

Economic Development
Oct 22, 2014

Suggest A Project For Work On Wilmington

Here’s your chance to make a difference. A simple suggestion from you can have a significant impact for one of our area schools or non-profits. All we need from you is an idea and a little follo ...

Education
Oct 1, 2014

The Future Of Education Begins November 4

The Wilmington Chamber board of directors was one of the first groups to endorse passage of the New Hanover County education bond that will be on the ballot November 4. This declaration of support spe ...

Economic Development
Sep 15, 2014

Can Cucalorus Be One Of The Top 10 Film Festivals In The World?

On the upcoming occasion of its 20th anniversary, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what the Cucalorus film festival has meant to our community and how it could develop in the future. Cucalorus ...

Economic Development
Sep 1, 2014

Why Don’t We Just Pick The Businesses We Want?

Deciding the types of businesses we want in our region has been one of the principal community debates over the last few years. There are many choices: high tech, heavy industrial, service, film, phar ...

Education
Aug 15, 2014

Business Community Leads The Way For Local STEM Education

Getting kids excited about learning math and science seems like an impossible dream to many parents and teachers. In a fast-paced world filled with video games, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and text ...

Education
Aug 1, 2014

How We Are Getting Behind Students So They Don't End Up Behind Bars

It’s difficult for me to see a child in middle school as a criminal in the embryonic phase. I know that we are shaped by our surroundings and influenced by our role models, and taking the wrong ...

Economic Development
Jul 11, 2014

Why Finding Common Ground Will Determine The Future Of Manufacturing

Wilmington is a city of contrasts. Ocean meets river, historic district converges with high rises, and traditional industry operates alongside biotechnology startups. In many ways this diversity is wh ...

Economic Development
Jun 18, 2014

Why You Should Worry That Film Incentives Will End

The issue of offering incentives to production companies to film in North Carolina has been headline news the last few weeks.  Although our region would likely be the most impacted area in the st ...

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