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 former Assistant Secretary at the NC Department of Commerce. Randall Johnson, who directs the Southeastern Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, will serve as Vice President. John Nelms, Senior Economic Development Manager at Duke Energy, will be Secretary-Treasurer. Their election came by unanimous voice vote of the organization’s members on June 13 at NCEDA’s Annual Meeting in Beaufort.
Members also elected three new directors who will serve three-year terms on the NCEDA board: Josh Hallingse, Executive Director of the Transylvania Economic Alliance; Joanna Helms, Economic Development Director for the Town of Apex; and Christopher Kouri, a Charlotte-based economic development attorney with Nexsen Pruet.
“The Nominating Committee came up with a terrific line-up of new leaders who represent a broad cross-section of experience, perspective and interests,” said Immediate Past President Steve Yost, who chaired this year’s meeting of the Nominating Committee. The Committee is comprised of NCEDA’s Past Presidents. “It’s exciting to see longtime economic developers as well as younger professionals among NCEDA’s leadership. They will come together to build on the organization’s long legacy of excellence and vision.”
NCEDA also thanks outgoing board members Maureen Little (NC Community College System) and Jessica Martin-Lane (WithersRavenel) for their support and service to the NCEDA Board of Directors.