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School of Business Launches 'E-Focus North Carolina'

The ECU College of Business has launched an electronic newsletter,“E-Focus North Carolina,” designed to provide timely economic insight into North Carolina and its regions.

The newsletter will be published every two months by the Bureau of Business Research, which serves as the applied research arm of the College of Business. “E-Focus North Carolina” targets business leaders, economic developers, government officials, and others who need up-to-date economic data.

Dr. Frederick Niswander, dean of the College of Business, said, “ECU has long recognized the importance of supporting the economic and business environment in North Carolina.

“In the College of Business, we recognize that good business decisions require good data and analysis. What has historically been lacking is high quality, disaggregated business-related data that is available to decision-makers in a timely manner. ‘E-Focus North Carolina’ will fill that gap.”

The inaugural issue discusses North Carolina’s changing industrial portfolio and analyzes economic development regions within the state. “E-Focus” also provides the latest statewide and regional statistics regarding unemployment, gross retail sales, building permits, and other economic indicators.

Dr. James Kleckley, director of the college’s Bureau of Business Research, said, “‘E-Focus’ is a tool that will help people understand that different parts of the state face different economic and business opportunities and challenges. We hope that people will use ‘E-Focus’ and the other information and resources of the Bureau to better understand their economic environment and make better business decisions.”

For information or to view the newsletter online, visit


This page originally appeared in the August 24, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at