Upcoming Events Highlight Collaborative Economic Development Efforts in the Region

Essential to collaborative region-wide economic growth is the Centralina’s Economic Development Commission (CEDC). The CEDC, established by CCOG in 2005, is a diverse non-profit partnership of public and private sectors to promote retention, expansion, and development of business and industry.

The CEDC helps your community by preparing and implementing U.S. Department of Commerce strategic plans and grant applications to create jobs and promote community economic growth. For more information on the CEDC, please contact Mike Manis, CCOG’s Community and Economic Development Director at mmanis@centralina.org or 704-348-2720.

2014 Advanced Manufacturing Awards and the Global Competitiveness Summit

Business, education and community leaders from around the region are invited to attend the 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Awards in conjunction with Global Competitiveness Summit. 

The Centralina Economic Development Commission and the Charlotte Business Journal will partner for the second year to host the 4th Annual 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Awards program on March 12 at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte.  Centralina Council of Governments and the Centralina Workforce Development Board are sponsors for this year collaborative event.

The awards recognize and celebrate process excellence, leadership and collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing displayed in the region during 2013.  The Advanced Manufacturing Awards were established in 2010 through the Minds that Manufacture initiative, led by the CEDC. The awards were created to support and highlight advanced manufacturing in our region and promote a hot spot of bright minds, new ideas, innovative talent and resources.

More information about this year’s process and a list of 2014 award finalists can be found by clicking on the following link:


The Global Competitive Summit topics will focus on strengthening a globally competitive workforce and on recognizing achievements in advanced manufacturing. Keynote speaker Eric Spiegel, CEO and president, Siemens USA, will offer his perspective on global competitiveness in manufacturing. Featured guest, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, will tell us how North Carolina is embracing global competitiveness. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will offer his vision of the Charlotte region as a global hub, and Jim Heller, vice president for Norfolk-Southern Automotive and Intermodal, will describe plans for the intermodal project. Click here for the preliminary agenda.

More information about the Summit can be found by clicking on the following link:


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