Learn and Network with Other Young Professionals in Economic Development

NCEDA’s Emerging Executive Initiative is designed to deepen the knowledge of young economic developers, increase their familiarity with other aspects of economic development and policymaking in North Carolina, participate in focused professional educational opportunities, and forge connections with their peers in our state’s economic development circles.

If you’re at the beginning of your economic development career, don’t miss these opportunities to become a more effective and confident professional!

2020 Emerging Executives Forum

Dates: February 3-4
Location: Charlotte, NC

Planning for the Future Now: Data Trends Reshaping Economic Development

Join us in Charlotte’s Center City to broaden your economic development network and learn more about data trends. In a rapidly evolving global economy, economic developers must be willing to prepare today for the trends that will re-shape their communities in the future. This forum will explore the industry trends, in-migration data, economic mobility data, and much more that are reshaping the North Carolina economy and the work of the state’s economic development community. Click HERE to view the agenda.


NCEDA has a group block at both the AC Hotel Charlotte Center City and the Residence Inn Charlotte City Center. Both hotels are located at 220 East Trade Street, just a few blocks from the welcoming reception and general session meeting locations. AC Hotel reception area is located on the 5th floor, and the Residence Inn reception area is located on the 14th floor. The rate at each property is $159/night. The deadline to get our discounted group rate was January 10, but you can contact Liz (liz@nceda.org) if you still need a room, and she will check with the hotel on availability.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Liz (888.246.2332 / liz@nceda.org) with any questions.

Previous Forums

2019 Emerging Executives Forum

Spaces, Places and Properties in Economic Development
Dates: January 28-29
Location: Rocky Mount Mills (1151 Falls Road – Rocky Mount)

Forum Materials: Agenda • Attendee List • Speaker Directory

Speaker Presentations: Tyler Mulligan (Notes Version)

Speaker Handouts: Burkemont Avenue Hotel • Northern Education District • UNC School of Government – DFI Overview


2018 Emerging Executives Forum

Rules of Engagement: Maximizing Your Government Relations
Date: January 22-23
Location: Raleigh, NC
Forum Materials: Agenda • Attendee List
Speaker Presentations: Rep. Jason Saine • John White

Sponsorship opportunities are available for each NCEDA conference and event.
Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 or liz@nceda.org for more details.