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  • 2019 Scholarship Application Period Open!

    The 2019 scholarship application period is open! NCEDA proudly sponsors three scholarships to support professional advancement in the economic development field:   The Dan Stewart EDC Scholarship pays $650 toward tuition for the one-week basic economic development course at UNC Chapel Hill. The scholarship recipient......

  • Emerging Executives Discuss Real Estate Trends with Local, State and National Experts

    About 50 NCEDA members gathered at Rocky Mount Mills on January 29 for a forum on real estate and place-making. The half-day event, “Spaces, Places & Properties in Economic Development,” was organized by NCEDA’s Emerging Executives Group.   Tyler Mulligan, director of the Development Finance......

  • Smith Anderson to Lead NCEDA Lobbying Efforts

    Raleigh-based Smith Anderson Law Firm is serving as NCEDA government relations counsel effective February 1. The organization engaged Smith Anderson’s services after a lengthy search that began in early December. “The Search Committee and our Board of Directors believe Smith Anderson is the best match......

  • Development strategies discussed

    Redevelopment was an extensive subject of discussion on Tuesday at a meeting at Rocky Mount Mills of the Tar Heel State’s younger economic development executives and their backers in the private and public sectors.   Approximately 50 people gathered for the morning-long session, which was......

  • Despite Hefty Spending, Virginia Industrial Sites Sit Empty

    Virginia’s push to create industrial megasites began in 2004, when several manufacturers were looking for locations in the southeastern part of the state. Virginia’s tobacco commission, an independent board that dispenses money from the national tobacco settlement, allocated $100 million to acquire land and build......

  • Will Aycock, GM of Wilson’s Greenlight Network, Talks Broadband, Future

    Greenlight is the City of Wilson’s fiber-to-the-home network. It has been operating for 10 years and now serves almost 10,000 customers. Will Aycock, general manager of the network, responds to questions from WRAL Techwire about Greenlight, which has gained notoriety statewide and beyond as it......

  • Program Aims to Help Expand Economic Development Planning

    The NC Department of Commerce is investing $260,000 in “Downtown Strong,” a program designed to boost local capacity by providing economic development planning, revitalization resources and guidance. Based on feedback from rural leaders during Hometown Strong community meetings, the program will operate out of Commerce’s......

  • Despite China Trade Tensions, Economists Expect Continued US Growth in 2019

    The US will continue to enjoy positive economic growth in 2019, though it will be somewhat slower than last year. “We’re going to continue to grow, but the pace of moving forward isn’t going to be as great,” said Mike Walden, an extension economist at......

  • This is the Most In-Demand Skill of 2019, According to LinkedIn

    Each year, LinkedIn analyzes job postings in order to distill the most in-demand hard and soft skills. The social media platform then tailors its online skills development offerings accordingly. What is the most in-demand soft skill in 2019? For the first time ever, it’s creativity.......

  • A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream

    Chicago has joined the states of Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee in experimenting with tuition-free community college education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains how the Star Scholarship program has boosted attainment of two-year degrees, especially among minority and first- generation college students. “More than a century......