Professional Development

NCEDA hosts a wide range of educational events to help members sharpen their skills and broaden their perspectives. Check the calendar for upcoming offerings.

NCEDA also provides scholarships to promote the professional growth of outstanding professionals.

Conferences – Three annual conferences provide in-depth sessions, panel discussions and keynote speeches on the full range of issues and challenges economic developers and their allies face:

  • Fall Conference typically meets for two days in a western Piedmont location.
  • MidWinter Conference is a two-day meeting held in March in Pinehurst. It features the NCEDA scholarships presentation.
  • Annual Conference is a three-day meeting held each June in Atlantic Beach or Asheville. It features NCEDA’s Economic Developer of the Year award presentation, and offers recreational activities for members and their families.

Networking Lunches – NCEDA hosts monthly networking lunches focused on critical issues and give members opportunities to interact with opinion leaders and colleagues.

Professional Development Seminars – NCEDA offers one-day focused seminars for members throughout the year to help members build skills in critical areas or learn more on current issues.