NCEDA Foundation

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.

 

NCEDA Foundation ‘Why Invest’

Mission Statement

To advance the economic development profession, to enhance the knowledge and skills of economic developers, and to strengthen the broad statewide economic development community in North Carolina through funding professional development activities, research, outreach, and education programs, especially to underserved, distressed, and rural counties and economic developers across North Carolina.

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Thank You to Our NCEDA Foundation Donors!

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Dr. Patricia Mitchell, NCEDA Past President
First National Bank
The Overton Group

NCEDA Foundation RFP

The NCEDA Foundation has been awarded a grant to oversee a research project that will consider North Carolina’s system of municipal, county, and state public finance, with a focus on projecting future revenues and exploring potential new revenue streams over the next 30 years. This project contributes to the NCEDA Foundation’s mission of strengthening the broad, statewide economic development community in North Carolina and providing state leadership with relevant and impactful information for the benefit of our communities.

The NCEDA Foundation Board of Directors is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to plan and execute this research project. The study is intended to serve as a base of information policy makers may use to plan for the future – specifically to explore revenue generation opportunities and to address associated needs through 2050. The study is designed to focus on revenue opportunities only and is not intended to make policy recommendations or to offer guidance on spending. The project will include the creation of an Advisory Committee; data collection, analysis, and reporting; and all related activities to be led by the lead consultant.

The NCEDA Foundation is moving ahead in earnest to assemble the expertise to perform this research. Click HERE to review the RFP. The submission deadline is 5 pm on January 19, 2022. Contact Emily Martin (emily@nceda.org) with any questions.