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.
At the 2018 annual conference, members were asked to provide input on research topics. Examples included equity, leadership, the county tier system, the rural/urban divide, North Carolina’s competitiveness, metrics, ROI, collapsing infrastructure, funding rural schools, placemaking, housing, shifts in marketing, and transportation. Ted Abernathy and Crystal Morphis gave a presentation on the gig economy as one example of the type of work the committee may tackle. Please send future research topics you’d like to see addressed to Crystal Morphis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading edge research and information can positively influence the profession, professionals, and start important conversations. This committee has the potential to raise the profile of NCEDA to a point where policy makers ask ‘what does NCEDA think about this’ before acting.