Networking Luncheons

The North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) hosts a variety of networking luncheons throughout the year. Each luncheon focuses on current topics of interest to economic developers and includes the opportunity to interact with fellow professionals, opinion leaders, and others who have an interest in supporting our state’s economic development activities.

December 2018 Networking Luncheon & Professional Development Workshop

Date: Thursday, December 6 / Noon – 4 pm
Luncheon (Noon – 1:30 pm) – The State of FDI: A View from India
Professional Development Workshop (2 – 4 pm) – Product Development
Location: City Club Raleigh


Join us Thursday, December 6 in Raleigh for the first networking luncheon of the 2018-19 program year! The luncheon will be followed by a professional development workshop focusing on product development. You can register for only the luncheon, only the workshop, or both.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) continues to account for significant economic development opportunities. A growing share of it is now coming from India, the world’s most populous democracy and Asia’s second largest economy. In 2017, FDI from India into the United States amounted to more than $9.8 billion, rising dramatically from just $1.6 billion a decade earlier. Infosys, Aurobindo Pharma, Zensar and HCL Technologies are among the fast-growing Indian companies bringing new jobs, investment and operations to North Carolina. The state is poised to receive more with the recent opening of a North Carolina India office. Rahul Padmanabha, the office’s director of investment, will discuss how North Carolina can continue embracing opportunities in IT, life sciences, aerospace and automotive. Rahul, who has been SelectUSA’s India representative for the past four years, will be joined by EDPNC’s Colin Kiser and Korey Howard in an update on the state of FDI into North Carolina. Join us for this timely discussion along with a buffet lunch and valuable networking time.

Make an afternoon of it, and also register for the Product Development Workshop that will be held following the luncheon from 2-4 pm. Compressed timelines are the new normal. With increasing demand for existing buildings, many communities are considering speculative development. Join EDPNC and local partners for a panel discussion that will include success stories, lessons learned, and creative approaches to spec buildings.

We hope to see you in Raleigh on December 6! Contact Liz (888.246.2332 / with any questions.

Previous Luncheons

February 2018 Networking Luncheon

Date: Thursday, February 15 / Noon – 1:30 pm
Subject: Using GIS to Market Your Economic Development Assets:  North Carolina Case Studies
Location: City Club Raleigh

2018 February Networking Luncheon Agenda
2018 February Networking Luncheon Attendee List

2018 February Networking Luncheon Presentations:
  • Chris Nichols – Product Manager, geothinQ
    Chris’ demonstration was based on geothinQ’s platform ( geothinQ is a pioneer of on-demand geographic land mapping and data visualization.  It features an accessible, forward facing platform, with an interface that feels familiar even after a few clicks. Users visualize data relevant to their region, and the built-in search and analytical functions can display different scenarios and answer value-based questions.  Use geothinQ’s standard layers, including ownership boundaries, large tracts, value per acre, topography, wetlands and FEMA flood zones to quickly visualize the geography of your region; geothinQ also contains powerful property search features, strong graphics tools for strategizing, a collaboration platform and high-quality PDF creation capabilities.  geothinQ is available as a custom GIS product (contact Chris at and a geothinQ Regions product.  To view a complete list of geothinQ Regions and the data they include visit:
  • Robin Spinks – Principal, Greenfield

December 2017 Networking Luncheon

Date: Thursday, December 7 / Noon – 1:30 pm
Subject: Innovation-based Economic Development Across North Carolina
Location: City Club Raleigh

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2017 December Networking Luncheon Agenda
2017 December Networking Luncheon Attendee List

2017 December Networking Luncheon Speaker Presentations:

Sponsorship opportunities are available for each NCEDA conference and event.
Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 or for more details.