The Coalition for Economic Advancement., formed by a group of local business leaders and economic developers, hopes to be the yin to Stop Titan’s yang by supporting industries looking to locate or expand in Southeastern North Carolina.
The group’s mission, according to its Web site, is to support job growth and retention in the region and “act as a counter-balance to anti-job and anti-growth groups that work to obstruct responsible industries that wish to move here.”
For an opening salvo, the group has declared its support for Titan America, a cement company that goes by the subsidiary Carolinas Cement Co. here and wants to build a plant and quarry in Castle Hayne.
“We just didn’t feel like Carolinas Cements Co. was being given fair treatment in the community, and that somebody needed to be an advocate for them,” said Bob Warwick, one of the group’s leaders and a partner with RSM McGladrey Inc.
The group also plans to advocate for other future economic development projects, including the proposed N.C. International Terminal near Southport, Warwick said.
Both the cement plant and the port have generated support from business leaders and economic developers – but have also have spawned opposition movements worried about environmental and quality-of-life effects.