Awards to Strengthen NC Economic Developers

NCEDA supports the advancement of outstanding economic development practitioners by annually recognizing the North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year and the North Carolina Emerging Leader of the Year.

The 2022 Award Nomination Period will open in April. Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith with any questions.

Economic Developer of the Year
Each year, NCEDA presents an award to the individual who best exemplifies leadership in the state’s economic development efforts. The North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year award is given in recognition of the winner’s contributions to expansions and projects completed during the previous calendar year.
See our current honoree and list of previous recipients.

Emerging Leader of the Year
This award recognizes an up-and-coming economic development leader who is making outstanding contributions to the North Carolina economic development community.
See our current honoree and list of previous recipients.

Legislator of the Year
NCEDA periodically recognizes members of the North Carolina Senate and North Carolina House of Representatives in recognition for their exceptional support for the state’s economic development efforts.
See our most recent honorees.