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Applying Cluster Analysis to North Carolina’s Regions



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Applying Cluster Analysis to North Carolina s Regions Western Economic Development Partnership Region prepared for the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies Institute for Economic Development University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill January 1997 This report was prepared by Karen Becker and Edward Feser as part of the Targeting North Carolina Manufacturing Project conducted for the North Carolina Alliance for Competitive Technologies Data reported in this profile are from databases constructed and maintained as part of the Targeting project Direct inquiries to Edward J Feser Department of City and Regional Planning CB 3140 New East Building University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC 27599 3140 Voice 919 962 4768 Fax 919 962 5206 e mail feser email unc edu Contents Contents Summary and Recommendations for Action 1 Specific Findings and Recommendations 2 Metalworking 2 Vehicle Manufacturing 3 Wood Products 5 Knitted Goods Fabricated Textile Products 6 Printing and Publishing 7 Chemicals and Rubber 8 Electronics and Computers 8 General Recommendations Where to Go from Here 9 1 Introduction 11 Scope and Purpose of the Report 12 The Western Economic Development Partnership Region 12 The Logic of Strategic Cluster Targeting 13 The Twenty Three Benchmark Clusters 14 Independent Sectors 16 Benchmark Versus Potential Clusters 16 2 Potential Manufacturing Clusters 17 Key Potential Clusters in the Western Region 18 Key Independent Sectors 18 Regional Wage and Skill Distribution 19 Important Regional Industries and Cluster Fit 19 3 Targeting Clusters 21 High Technology Sectors 22 Establishment Size and Plant Structure 23 iii Western Region 4 Specializations Gaps Opportunities 25 Metalworking 26 Vehicle Manufacturing 27 Wood Products 29 Knitted Goods 29 Fabricated Textile Products 30 Printing and Publishing 30 Chemicals and Rubber 31 Electronics and Computers 32 5 Components of Cluster Change 33 Net Growth and Decline 33 Decomposing Employment



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