NCEDA President’s Award

NCEDA presents an annual award to the individual who best exemplifies leadership in the state’s economic development efforts. The North Carolina President’s award is given in recognition of the winner’s contributions to North Carolina’s economic development community over the course of their career.

Our Current Honoree

Donny Hicks
Executive Director
Gaston County Economic Development Commission

Previous Honorees:

2022: Jim Fain (former Secretary, NC Department of Commerce)
2021: Maureen Little (retired from the NC Community College System)
2020: George Sherrill (retired from the NC Department of Commerce)