NCICU has established an Economic Development Council to promote and expand the involvement of NCICU and its individual campuses in assisting the State of North Carolina in economic development at the local, regional and state levels. The Council is made up of representatives from NCICU’s 36 campuses.
The Council held its first meeting in September in Winston-Salem. Representatives heard from state, regional and local officials who presented ways that private higher education can help in the state’s overall economic development delivery system and strategies. It was also an opportunity for the state’s economic development leaders to get to know NCICU colleges and universities better.
Presenters included Secretary Tony Copeland, NC Department of Commerce; Lawrence Bivins, managing director, Policy and Public Affairs, NC Economic Development Association; Tom White, director, Economic Development Partnership, NC State University and past chair, UNC Economic Transformation Council; and Will Partin, senior director of development, Wexford Science + Technology director, Wake Forest University Innovation Quarter.
“We want to continue to strengthen our economic development partnerships with the state, recognizing the value our campuses bring to economic development,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “As a part of this effort, we will also highlight examples of activities by NCICU Economic Development Council members in presenting Best Practices recommendations.” Council meetings will be held twice a year.