Research Committee

Research Committee

Chair: Crystal Morphis


The Voice of Economic Development, NCEDA, is louder and stronger thanks to the Research Committee. This “think tank” for economic development delivers cutting edge information via blogs, major research projects, and is working to build a library of case studies and best practices. The committee’s purpose is to cement NCEDA’s role as the thought leader in economic development in North Carolina.

At the 2018 Annual Conference, members were asked to provide input on research topics. Examples included equity, leadership, the county tier system, the rural/urban divide, North Carolina’s competitiveness, metrics, ROI, collapsing infrastructure, funding rural schools, placemaking, housing, shifts in marketing, and transportation. Ted Abernathy and Crystal Morphis gave a presentation on the gig economy as one example of the type of work the committee may tackle. Please send other research topics you’d like to see addressed to Crystal Morphis at

Leading edge research and information can positively influence the profession, professionals, and start important conversations. This committee has the potential to raise the profile of NCEDA to a point where policy makers ask ‘what does NCEDA think about this’ before acting.


2021 NC Salary Survey

Thanks to Creative Economic Development Consulting for compiling the 2021 Salary Survey Report. Click HERE for the overview and report.


NCEDA Blog Series

The NCEDA Research Committee will produce several blogs each year as an educational tool for members.