NCEDA Recognizes Haley, Copeland for Economic Development Excellence
Michael Haley, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development, has won recognition as NCEDA’s 2019 Economic Developer of the Year. The honor was given to him at the organization’s Annual Meeting on June 12 in Beaufort. NCEDA President Mark Pope called Haley “a top performing professional whose work helped win major relocations and expansions.” Haley’s success last year included announcements by Pendo, TrialCard, Arch Capital, Advanced Auto Parks and Amazon. “Michael’s many talents are among the reasons Consultant Connect recently named him to its list of Top 50 North American Economic Developers.”
NCEDA also honored the service of Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland with a special Award for Executive Excellence. “In economic development, success requires a focused team, and for the really big wins such as Honeywell and Lending Tree, it takes determined leadership from the highest level,” said Pope. Secretary Copeland “brings a unique combination of experience to North Carolina’s economic development leadership circles – as an attorney, executive, site selector and public servant – perspectives that continue to yield positive results.” Liz Crabill, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, accepted the award on behalf of Sec. Copeland, who was unable to attend the event.
NCEDA’s Professional Development Committee oversees the organization’s annual awards. “In economic development, leadership matters,” Pope told NCEDA members upon announcing the awards. “There’s just no substitute for it.” The awards program is designed to recognize members who distinguish themselves in growing jobs, recruiting new companies and attracting economic investment. “Above all, NCEDA honorees demonstrate quality, commitment and a dedication to service,” Pope said.