Voices from the Field: Unconventional Partnerships for Rural Economic Development

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT

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Panel discussion on rural economic development strategies and unconventional partnerships for job creation.  Panelists include a pastor, a business owner, a county economic developer and a university-based economic development planner.  The panel will discuss best practices and lessons-learned from impactful projects conducted by NCGrowth with businesses and local governments in rural and economically distressed places in North Carolina.

By the end of this session participants will have a deeper understanding of tools for addressing rural economic development beyond the traditional 'buffalo hunting' approach of big-business recruitment.  Strategies discussed will include public-private partnerships, anchor-institution based economic development, economic impact analysis, business retention and expansion, industrial incubators, and small business support services.  The session will be interactive and encourage discussion between panelists and participants.  The panel will be led by NCGrowth, an EDA University Center dedicated to helping businesses create good jobs and communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people through economic development and research.  


Carolyn Fryberger

Confirmed Speaker

Carolyn Fryberger, Economic Development Manager, NCGrowth. NCGrowth is a university center at UNC Chapel Hill that helps businesses and communities create good jobs and equitable opportunities through applied research and technical assistance. Carolyn joined NCGrowth in 2015 after receiving her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel ... Read More

Enrique Elizondo

Confirmed Speaker

Enrique Elizondo is an entrepreneur and business owner in Robeson County. He is the CEO of Tortillas Carolina a tortilla manufacturer in St. Pauls which produces 25,000 pounds of tortillas each week made from locally grown corn. In addition he runs four restaurants throughout southeastern North Carolina serving fresh ... Read More

Chuck Heustess

Confirmed Speaker

Chuck Heustess is the Executive Director of the Bladen County Economic Development Commission. Read More

James Gailliard

Confirmed Speaker

Pastor James D. Gailliard is the Senior Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC. Under his leadership, Word Tabernacle Church has grown from 14 members in 2005 to a regional movement reaching over 3,200 individuals and families from every walk of life in 12 North Carolina counties ... Read More

Contact Info

Benjamin Howell, bhowell@townofmorrisville.org