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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 factors on their...

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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...

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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 know-how to...

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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 net job-creation...

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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 the nation’s...

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