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The Smithfield-Selma Chamber Economic Development Foundation dba Triangle East Economic Development Foundation is a 501C3 organization, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the work of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce in its mission to promote the economic well-being of the Triangle East Region. As a powerful partner, the Foundation plays a pivotal role in raising funds and implementing transformative initiatives to propel Johnston County towards becoming a nationally competitive, economically diverse, relevant, and collaborative community.

Economic Prosperity

At the heart of the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation's mission lies a commitment to fostering economic prosperity in our region. By aligning its efforts with the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation actively engages in initiatives that nurture entrepreneurship, support local businesses, and encourage industry diversification. Together, they create an environment where the economic vitality of the county can flourish, ensuring it remains an appealing destination for residents and entrepreneurs alike.

Relevance and Collaboration

In an ever-evolving global landscape, remaining relevant and adaptable is crucial. The Foundation, in partnership with the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, works diligently to position Johnston County at the forefront of emerging industries. By promoting innovative projects and programs, they ensure the county stays ahead of the curve. Additionally, the Foundation actively encourages collaboration among businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations, fostering a spirit of partnership to achieve shared goals.

Leadership Development

An essential pillar of the Foundation's mission is leadership development. With a special interest in nurturing the potential of both youth and professionals, the Foundation, alongside the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, offers a range of programs designed to cultivate leadership skills and inspire individuals to become active contributors to Johnston County's growth and development. These programs help create a robust and dynamic community, with leaders ready to take on the challenges of the future.

Workforce Development

The Foundation is committed to building a skilled and capable workforce to support Johnston County's economic growth. It collaborates with educational institutions and industry partners to develop programs and initiatives that ensure residents have access to the training and resources they need to succeed in today's job market.

Flame for Learning

Recognizing the pivotal role educators play in shaping the county's future, the Foundation hosts the annual Flame For Learning program that recognizes Johnston County’s most innovative teachers. This program is tied to North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year program

Stewardship of the Yelvington-Lee House

Beyond its economic development endeavors, the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation serves as the steward of the Yelvington-Lee House. This historical Victorian home serves as the business hub and home to the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce. Its preservation represents the Foundation's commitment to honoring the past while building a bright future.

The Triangle East Economic Development Foundation, in partnership with the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, is at the forefront of shaping the region’s economic landscape.

For information on making a donation to the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation contact Maureen McGuinness at 919-934-9166.