Gig East and the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments are both working to improve the business climate for technology based employers in the Wilson area. We are working together to incubate new businesses, grow talent pipelines, and expand access to resources that will help the technology sector thrive.
The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments will coordinate with Gig East to build the talent pipeline needed to support local technology sector, and develop an innovative career exploration program to help youth connect with employers in the Wilson area.
Robert C. Hiett
Executive Director | Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
We believe in the revival of once great rural communities. We believe healthy economic development balances between attracting large companies to a region, but also enabling small firms to get started and grow. Work space and access to community are vital for small firms just starting out, and Gig East serves that purpose. We are particularly pleased that the RIoT Accelerator Program, which has given us such an important boost, was able to run at Gig East.
We got to know Wilson first as a customer, and along the way made friends with the wonderful people working in economic development projects. It’s a connection that goes beyond the pragmatic, we just feel connected. Although Jim Gray, our CEO, grew up in Portsmouth Virginia, his parents and extended family are all from rural communities in Eastern North Carolina, so this is his ancestral home.
We hope to continue to serve the City of Wilson as a client, and to grow there. As our firm, and Gig East develop, we hope to collaborate to mutual benefit. There is much potential to be tapped in the area, and these are still early days.
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WebHearing (an early startup firm) was part of the 2020 RIoT accelerator program in Wilson. The experience with RIoT and Gig East was extremely helpful in building a comprehensive business and technology plan in a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere.
In addition to the great people at RIoT, Darren Smith of Gig East was always available for any assistance with his engaging and friendly personality. Even though our program have completed, Darren remains available to help in any way he can. I look forward to our company growing and residing in the great space Gig East is creating.
As an organization dedicated to accelerating the smart city movement nationally, US Ignite is a collaborative of local forward thinking communities who refuse to wait for a solution to be given to them and instead choose to develop the solutions that can be modeled by other communities who want to grow and succeed.
Gig East and Wilson North Carolina embodies the spirit necessary to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and advanced technologies but proactively exercising leadership and not waiting for success to come to the, but develop it locally and lead the country by example.
US Ignite is dedicated to building the smart city movement nationally through a partnership with local organizations actively working to build their local innovation ecosystem and infrastructure to form a robust partnership of communities driving new economies.
US Ignite builds national partnerships that accelerate successes by helping to bring them to more communities faster, identify collaborative opportunities, and plug local efforts into a national vision for resilient and successful communities.
Gig East is uniquely positioned to attract innovative companies to our market, which contribute to an already diverse array of industries that have found success in Wilson.
The Wilson Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing essential networking, marketing, advocacy and education resources that every business needs to succeed. Having Gig East here to help accelerate new ventures into our market means, we have yet another pipeline of commercial enterprises who can utilize our benefits to grow roots in Wilson.
The Wilson Chamber of Commerce serves as the catalyst that helps new entrants to our market become established in our market. We look forward to the opportunity to help Gig East startups gain a foothold in Wilson, and build relationships with customers and other businesses that help propel them into the next stage of the business cycle.
Wilson Chamber of Commerce
WAAT's mission is to promote a student-directed learning environment, provide authentic industry experiences, and strive to foster stakeholder relationships within our community. We believe that Gig East can aid us in this mission because they, too, want to help our community thrive by linking up individuals to community partners. At WAAT, we also try to expose our students to a plethora of career opportunities, including entrepreneurship. We believe that Gig East can help further our cause and help provide authentic industry experiences that will help us create the next generation of workforce-ready citizens and innovative thinkers.
Wilson Academy of Applied Technology
North State Consulting is excited to collaborate with Gig East. Gig East is an excellent place to network with forward thinking tech professionals, gain meaningful insights, recruit top talent, and be of service to the tech community.
Wilson is a phenomenal place to do business, particularly for a tech company. We want to do all we can to support the community and local tech ecosystem. We look forward to being of service in any way we can including mentoring startups, assisting early stage companies with strategy, and helping larger companies scale. Our consulting background and network allows us to have a deep bench of connections all across the country and we are hopeful we can make as many introductions as possible.