Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. (FSEDI) was incorporated in August of 2005 as an economic development organization to serve the residents of the City of Franklin and Southampton County. After much planning and studying, the Franklin Southampton Alliance agreed a consolidated and unified effort by the city, county and private sector was needed. Over the past ten years Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. has made great strides in putting together an effective economic development organization addressing our core economic development mission and goals for the community. Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. focuses on four main areas including the retention of existing industry, business attraction, entrepreneurship and tourism. FSEDI operates the Franklin Business Center incubator building, and the STARTUP Franklin Southampton pitch competition.