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ECU produces 'counties'  book

(July 29, 1993)   —   Public officials will have county facts at their fingertips thanks to a new publication arriving this week from East Carolina University.
The publication, “The Counties of North Carolina,” is a reference document for people needing demographic, economic and social information about a county.
Several N.C. universities are distributing the booklets statewide. The ECU Regional Development Institute mailed about 200 copies this week to economic developers, Chambers of Commerce, county and city managers, planners and elected officials in 15 eastern counties.
“It’s a one-stop shopping guide for information about a particular county,” said Dick Brockett of the ECU Regional Development Institute.
He said each county book provides an overview of the county including statistical data and other information about population, employment, income, education, construction, agricultural and forestry.
The N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center sponsored the project. The Center for Improving Mountain Living at Western Carolina University produced the county profiles.
ECU published and distributed copies of the booklets in the mid-eastern region of the state while Elizabeth City State University and UNC-Wilmington handled distribution to the northeast and southeast counties. ECU produced copies for public officials in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wilson and Wayne Counties.
Additional booklets are also available, free of charge, from the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center Eastern Regional Center at ECU and from the ECU Regional Development Institute. The phone numbers are 919-757-6183 and 919-757-6650.
This is the first time this information has been tailored to the local needs of all 100 counties using a standardized format, according to James L. Lanier, ECU vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement.
“Now, users will be able to compare ‘apples to apples’ and ‘oranges to oranges’ for any category and any county in the state,” Lanier said.