A Message from NCEDA President Patricia Mitchell
The arrival of Hurricane Dorian this week is a vivid reminder that business continuity is central to the value NCEDA members bring to their communities. Often spearheaded through Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) programs, economic development practitioners work to help employers limit disruption from both natural and man-made disasters. Coastal North Carolina has witnessed these events many times before, forging a steely resourcefulness from which the whole state can find inspiration.
Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Copeland asked us to circulate some helpful links and information – including the NC Department of Public Safety’s Hurricane Dorian 2019 website and other digital and social media resources. On top of that, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) maintains a valuable inventory of information and guidance in its “Restore Your Economy” program, which is open to IEDC members as well as non-members. This includes the organization’s helpful Leadership in Times of Crisis Toolkit.
Uncertainty and disruption occur regularly in the life of every local economy. How communities deal with unforeseen challenges is what sets leading business destinations apart from their competitors. Natural disasters thus offer a unique opportunity to showcase readiness, leadership and community pride, and nowhere is this more visible than in the work of North Carolina’s economic development practitioners. Along the same lines, NCEDA views occasions like this as an opportunity to support members as they showcase their value to our towns, counties, regions and state. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help.
Dr. Patricia Mitchell, CEcD