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  • Message from NCEDA President Patricia Mitchell

    “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams   Economic development is both a profession and a process, and it has grown increasingly complex in recent decades. Businesses navigate a complicated maze of......

  • New Officers and Director Rise to Leadership Ranks

    NCEDA members have elected new leadership for the coming year. Effective July 1, Dr. Patricia Mitchell will be the organization’s President for the coming year. Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University and a......

  • 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......

  • Annual Conference Presenters Share Expertise, Insight and Advice

    The 250+ attendees of NCEDA’s 2019 Annual Conference left Beaufort with a firm understanding of topics ranging from mixed-use real estate partnerships to the state of the economy and how North Carolina is viewed by global location consultants. The two-day gathering took place against the......

  • Message from NCEDA President Mark Pope

    Partnerships Advance Our Mission   Economic developers know that success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Results come about when people and organizations pull together in common cause. To embrace any given opportunity, we assemble the right players – leaders who possess the tools, clout and......

  • Film Production Industry Has Mixed Results From State Budget Compromise

    The compromise budget between NC House and NC Senate channels surplus funds from the state’s film production grant program in a move film industry advocates says further puts North Carolina at a disadvantage vis-a-vis Georgia, which provides more generous incentives to the film crews. Other......

  • Opinion: Ivanka Trump, Wilbur Ross: President Redoubles Efforts to Ensure Good Jobs For All

    When Ivanka Trump and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited the Charlotte Region earlier this month to highlight workforce training solutions, Mayor Vi Lyles was among the local leaders joining them to discuss ways companies can prepare workers for the available jobs. “Today’s labor market......

  • A Key Manufacturing Gauge Just Saw Its Biggest One-Month Decline in 18 Years

    The closely watched Empire State Manufacturing Index, which gauges the sentiment of New York area manufacturers, fell to a negative 8.6 reading in June from a positive 17.8 just one month earlier. The 26.4-point drop was the largest ever decline in the survey series, which......

  • Are ESOPs in Your Business Retention Toolkit?

    Written By Lawrence Bivins & Patrick McHugh, PhD   In both good times and bad, communities rely on a diverse blend of small, medium and large employers for economic stability and growth. Moreover, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has long claimed that 80% of......

  • Chicago’s Hemorrhaging Housing Market

    Spring 2019   Rural America isn’t alone in suffering net population losses. A recent Bloomberg study of metro-area migration data found that the City of Chicago had a net loss of 155,000 residents in 2017. Those leaving aren’t just older and wealthy: Chicago ranks as......