The NCEDA Foundation was created in 2020 to advance the economic development profession, enhance the knowledge and skills of economic developers, and strengthen the broad, statewide economic development community in North Carolina through funding professional development activities, research, and education programs, especially to underserved, distressed, and rural counties and economic developers across North Carolina.
The NCEDA Foundation will focus on these areas of work as the Foundation grows:
Scholarships – The Foundation funds several professional development scholarships to enhance the knowledge and skills of economic developers. Scholarships are available statewide for a wide range of professional development training and target under-represented people and professionals working in underserved and distressed areas.
Research – The Foundation supports research projects that advance the economic development profession and inform public policy. NCEDA’s research agenda is established by the Research Committee each year.
Awareness – The Foundation funds scholarships for elected and community leader training, builds relationships with universities, and provides stipends for EDOs to hire interns. Scholarships for elected and community leaders are targeted to under-represented people and leaders representing underserved and distressed areas.
Fundraising – Every NCEDA member is a donor to the Foundation through their dues, with the ability to make additional donations. The Foundation Fundraising Committee solicits donations from companies, foundations, and agencies. The Foundation will not accept donations that replace or lessen donations to local, regional, or state economic development organizations.