Events for Economic Development Professionals

NCEDA members have many opportunities to expand their knowledge and sharpen their professional skills at conferences and other events throughout the year.

NCEDA conferences are built around content-rich learning sessions focused on practical topics, such as workforce development and attraction, site development, trends in business incentives, legislative action, career development and community marketing and branding. They also provide opportunities to meet with peers from throughout the state, as well as with connections in real estate, site selection, and corporate management. Attendees leave with information and contacts that will allow them to better serve their communities.

Networking luncheons provide a convenient way to make and renew connections with other economic development professionals and for informal sharing and learning. Participation is an excellent way to raise one’s professional profile in the North Carolina economic development community.

2021-2022 Events

The event schedule for our 2021-22 program year is listed below, but please note that this calendar may change due to safety protocols and the ability or inability to host in-person meetings. We will update NCEDA members as any modifications need to be made.

[Virtual – Webinar] What Lies Ahead for the Economy: A View from the Federal Reserve
August 25 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

[Virtual – Webinar] The Supply Chain for Economic Developers: Understanding North Carolina’s Competitive Advantage (Part I)
September 14 • 11 am – Noon

[Virtual] September Power Hour Networking + Partner Update from myFuture NC
September 28 • 4 – 5 pm

2021 Fall Conference
October 12-13
Greensboro, NC

[Virtual – Webinar] The Supply Chain for Economic Developers: Understanding North Carolina’s Competitive Advantage (Part II)
October 26 • 10 – 11 am

Networking Luncheon + NC Ports Tour (Part III of the Supply Chain Series)
November 16 • Noon – 4 pm
Wilmington, NC

Networking Luncheon
December 2 • Noon – 1:30 pm
Raleigh, NC

[Virtual – Webinar] From Campus to Commerce: University Leadership in Economic Development
December 14 • 11 am – Noon

[Virtual] Emerging Executives Forum
January 24-25

[Virtual – Webinar] From Campus to Commerce Part II: University Leadership in Economic Development
February 3 • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Networking Luncheon
February 24 • Noon – 1:30 pm
Charlotte, NC

[Virtual – Webinar] Data Trends and Tools: Finding Your Path to Workforce Innovation
March 3 • 11 am – Noon

2022 Site Selectors Summit / Spring Conference
March 13-15
Pinehurst, NC

Networking Luncheon
April 8 • Noon – 1:30 pm
Asheville, NC

Networking Luncheon
April 21 • Noon – 1:30 pm
Greenville, NC

Networking Luncheon
April 28 • Noon – 1:30 pm
Greensboro, NC

[Virtual – Webinar] From Campus to Commerce Part III: The Role of Community College Partnerships
May 4 • 11 am – Noon

Legislative Breakfast
June 8 • 7:30 – 8:30 am
Raleigh, NC

2022 Annual Conference
June 14-16
Wrightsville Beach, NC

2022-2023 Events


2022 Fall Conference
October 3-4
Asheville, NC

2023 Spring Conference
March 7-8
Pinehurst, NC

Sponsorship opportunities are available for each NCEDA conference and event.
Click HERE to view the 2021-22 Sponsorship Opportunities Packet.
Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 or for more details.