Awards to Strengthen NC Economic Developers

NCEDA supports the advancement of outstanding economic development practitioners by annually recognizing the North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year and the North Carolina Emerging Leader of the Year.

The 2022 Award Nomination Period closed on April 29, and award winners will be announced at the Annual Conference in June.

The nomination period has reopened for the “Deal of the Year” award in the mid-size and large market categories. The new deadline for this award is 5 pm on Thursday, May 19. Access the award nomination form using the link below, and contact Liz Dobbins-Smith with any questions. The 2023 Award Nomination Period will open April 3, 2023.

 

Economic Developer of the Year
This award recognizes an NCEDA member who is making significant and measurable contributions to their local community and the North Carolina economic development community as a whole. The nominee should demonstrate leadership, excellence, creativity and show initiative with work-related professional accomplishments.
See our current honoree and list of previous recipients.

Emerging Leader of the Year
This award recognizes an NCEDA member emerging leader who is making significant and measurable contributions to their local community and the North Carolina economic development community as a whole. The nominee should demonstrate leadership, excellence, creativity and show initiative with work-related professional accomplishments.
See our current honoree and list of previous recipients.

Deal of the Year
This new award will recognize up to three NCEDA members from three different sized communities who achieved a significant project. This award will allow opportunities for nominators to recognize the primary recipient, but also supporting team members, organizations and/or private sector allies that played a critical role in a specific deal. This award will help NCEDA recognize developers achieving significant deals in communities with varying sizes, character and target markets.

Innovation of the Year
This new award will recognize an NCEDA member for their leadership on a unique and impactful state, regional or local initiative designed to overcome a specific challenge or capitalize on an opportunity relevant to the economic development field. Examples, among other ideas, could include the development of a creative product development initiative, workforce development collaboration, a new talent attraction effort or unique business, retention and expansion program that had a measurable impact on the local, regional or state economy. Nominations are allowed a 3-year period from the launch date of the innovation to submit for consideration in order to demonstrate success.

Legislator of the Year
NCEDA periodically recognizes members of the North Carolina Senate and North Carolina House of Representatives in recognition for their exceptional support for the state’s economic development efforts.
See our most recent honorees.