Centralina Economic Development District

The Centralina EDD serves a region of 9 counties, including Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union.


Our mission is to increase the prosperity and job creation of greater Charlotte by serving the local institutions in our region that serve the needs of businesses, workers, and students.

The Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) was established by the Centralina Council of Governments, now known as Centralina Regional Council in 2004. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) certified the CEDC as the Centralina Economic Development District (Centralina EDD). In 2019, with the creation of this website and new data portal, the CEDC started doing business as the Centralina Economic Development District and now operates under this new name as an organization. The Centralina EDD mission from its inception in 2004 is to promote a diversified and innovative regional economic base, advocate sustainable growth, and support jobs development through expansion, retention, and recruitment of business and industry.

Areas of Focus

The Centralina EDD aids in coordinating economic development efforts in the Charlotte region. The Centralina EDD is responsible for administering EDA funding for economic development projects across the region, developing and maintaining the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and consolidating economic development resources to empower our partner institutions in their mission to grow the region.

To accomplish these tasks, the Centralina EDD focuses on four core areas, as laid out in the 2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.


  • No Boundaries CEDS adopted
  • CEDC founded & approved by the nine county governments
  • CEDC facilitates EDA UNC Charlotte Optoelectronics grant project
  • Advanced Manufacturing Phase I Reports are released
  • No Boundaries CEDS five-year update
  • Advanced Manufacturing Phase II & County Reports are released
  • CEDC facilitates the David Belk Cannon Health Education Institute EDA grant project for Gaston College
  • CEDC administers Huntersville overpass EDA grant project
  • Facilitates EDA grant for advanced skills center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • New website updated, organization publicly rebranded as Centralina Economic Development District (Centralina EDD)

Board of Directors

Board directors are recommended by regional member governments. The board is made up of at least 25 individuals representing the region’s nine counties, two dues-paying municipalities, economic development organizations, and select private-sector industries.


Mark BradyPinnacle Financial Partners


Bill ThunbergLake Norman Regional Transportation Commission


Leslie JohnsonMecklenburg County


Mike ManisPresident & Chief Operating Officer, Centralina EDD


Geraldine Ide GardnerExecutive Director, Centralina Regional Council
Frank Aikmus
Union County Commissioner
Miles Atkins
Town of Mooresville, Mayor
Jenn Bosser
Iredell County EDC, Executive Director
Cliff Brumfield
Lincoln County EDA, Executive Director
Antony Burton
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, VP of Research
Joe Carpenter
Gaston County
Astrid Chirinos
Simmons YMCA, Executive Director
Rod Crider
Rowan County EDC, Executive Director
Mike Downs
Cabarrus County Manager
Greg Edds
Rowan County Commissioner
Susan Harden
Mecklenburg County Commissioner
Donny Hicks
Gaston County EDC Executive Director
Mary Hoglund
Spectrum Enterprise
Bob Hovis
Gaston County Commissioner
Beth Jones
Iredell County Manager
Alan Kathman
FLIR Optical Components Charlotte Site Manager
Andy Lucas
Stanly County Manager
LaWana Mayfield
Charlotte City Council
Melanie Underwood
Economic Development Partnership of NC
Mark Seifel
Centralina Workforce Board
Edwin Shimpock
Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware
Jarvis Woodburn
Anson County Commissioner


The Centralina EDD supports and empowers local government jurisdictions and economic development entities across the greater Charlotte region’s Centralina Economic Development District (EDD).

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