The continued success of the North Carolina Economic Development Association depends largely on the time and talent members provide through our standing committees. The members of these committees have an opportunity to support NCEDA’s important efforts and achieve professional and personal growth by serving in the areas that interest them.
NCEDA needs and appreciates the work of active and involved members, and serving on a committee is a great way to provide that support. We encourage you to identify the area that interests you most and contact the chair of that committee to learn how you can become involved.
Professional Development Committee
Chair: Josh Hallingse
Vice Chair: Ryan Nance
This committee provides topical direction, speaker selection, and scheduling for webinars, networking luncheons and educational opportunities. This committee also oversees the NCEDA awards programs, scholarships, mentor program and the Emerging Executives Initiative.
Member Engagement Committee
Chair: Julie Roper
Vice Chair: Jason McLeod
This committee builds member engagement through recruitment and retention efforts. The Member Engagement committee regularly surveys members to assess their satisfaction with NCEDA’s ongoing programs and their concerns regarding economic development issues.
2020 Fall Conference Committee
Co-Chairs: Donny Hicks, Alan Wood and Mark Pope
This committee chooses the theme of the Fall Conference, develops the program, solicits sponsorships, and oversees logistics with the support of the NCEDA office.
2021 Spring Conference Committee
Co-Chairs: Martyn Johnson and Ryan Wetherington
This committee chooses the theme of the Spring Conference, develops the program, solicits sponsorships, and oversees logistics with the support of the NCEDA office.
2021 Annual Conference Committee
Chair: John Nelms
This committee chooses the theme of the Annual Conference, develops the program, solicits sponsorships, and oversees logistics with the support of the NCEDA office.
Chair: Joanna Helms
Vice Chair: Chris Kouri
This committee addresses NCEDA’s legislative priorities and updates, calls to action, the annual Legislative Day, and other legislative outreach. Members serve as key links to activate our grassroots advocacy for issues critical to North Carolina’s economic development.
Chair: Crystal Morphis
The Voice of Economic Development, NCEDA, will be louder and stronger thanks to the newly launched Research Committee. The new “think tank” for economic development will deliver cutting edge information via blogs, major research projects, and eventually build a library of case studies and best practices. The purpose is to cement NCEDA’s role as the thought leader in economic development in North Carolina.