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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
NCEDA Blog Series
The NCEDA Research Committee will produce several blogs each year as an educational tool for members.
- Equitable Economic Development Blog, written by Michael Haley with Wake County Economic Development (posted 01.11.19)
- Housing Gap Blog, written by Alan Wood with Burke Development Inc. (posted 03.06.19)
- Leadership Blog, written by Ted Abernathy with Economic Leadership (posted 06.09.19)
- Healthcare Blog, written by Stephanie McGarrah with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (posted 10.25.19)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Blog Series
- Standing Firmly Against Discrimination: A Business Imperative for North Carolina’s Job Creators, written by Gary Salamido with the NC Chamber (posted 09.30.20)
- What it Means for Site Selection, written by Bob Hess
with Newmark Knight Frank Chicago (posted 11.17.20)
- Advancing Racial Equity and Economic Development in Asheville, written by Sam Powers with the City of Asheville