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Business North Carolina: Bladen County’s crafty approach to economic development

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By David Mildenberg

Economic growth in Charlotte and the Triangle, even in a pandemic, clicks along with a continuing string of expansions and relocations. Getting things moving in smaller, more remote counties is where the challenge really lies.

Chuck Heustess knows this well as the key economic developer in his native Bladen County since 1998. It’s the fourth-largest county in the state in size, but also one of the 10 most distressed with a high poverty rate, he says. READ MORE