Carolinas Gateway Partnership
NCEDA named Carolinas Gateway Partnership President Norris Tolson its 2018 Economic Developer of the Year. NCEDA Vice President Mark Pope presented the honor at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Wrightsville Beach. The award recognizes Tolson’s leadership in securing two marquee recruitment wins. Corning announced in mid-December 2017 that it would invest $86 million in a distribution center in Edgecombe County that will employ 111 workers. Less than a week later, Tolson joined state and local officials in welcoming executives from China-based Triangle Tyre, who announced the company had selected Edgecombe County for its first manufacturing facility outside of China. The move brings 800 jobs and $580 million in capital investment to eastern North Carolina. “Anyone who’s ever worked a project that big definitely encountered hurdles,” Pope said. “And anyone who’s won a project that big certainly figured out how to get over those hurdles.” Prior to joining the staff of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, which provides economic development services in Edgecombe and Nash counties, Tolson was president of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and served as secretary of the North Carolina departments of Commerce, Revenue and Transportation.