Centralina Economic Development District

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

Organization

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 Centralina Council of Governments in 2004. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) certified the CEDC as the Centralina Economic Development District (CEDD). The CEDD promotes a diversified and innovative regional economic base, advocates sustainable growth, and supports jobs development through expansion, retention, and recruitment of business and industry.

Areas of Focus

The CEDD aids in coordinating economic development efforts in the Charlotte region. The CEDD 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 CEDD focuses on four core areas, as laid out in the 2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

History

2004
  • No Boundaries CEDS adopted
  • CEDC founded & approved by the nine county governments
2005
  • CEDD facilitates EDA UNC Charlotte Optoelectronics grant project
2006
  • Advanced Manufacturing Phase I Reports are released
2007
  • No Boundaries CEDS five-year update
  • Advanced Manufacturing Phase II & County Reports are released
  • CEDD facilitates the David Belk Cannon Health Education Institute EDA grant project for Gaston College
2008
  • CEDC administers Huntersville overpass EDA grant project
2009
2010
2011
  • Facilitates EDA grant for advanced skills center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
2013
2014
2019
  • New website updated, organization publicly rebranded as Centralina Economic Development District

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.

Chair

Mark BradyPinnacle Financial Partners

Vice-Chair

Bill ThunbergLake Norman Regional Transportation Commission

Treasurer/Secretary

Leslie JohnsonMecklenburg County

Ex-Officio

Mike ManisPresident & Chief Operating Officer, CEDD

Ex-Officio

Geraldine Ide GardnerExecutive Director, Centralina Council of Governments
Frank Aikmus
Union County Commissioner
Miles Atkins
Town of Mooresville, Mayor
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
Conterra Networks
Bob Hovis
Gaston County Commissioner
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

Partners

CEDD 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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