McGill Connects with Economic Development Professionals at NCEDA Conference

This week, McGill attended the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) 2022 Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, as a program sponsor. This NCEDA conference provided a great opportunity for economic development professionals from across the state to broaden their knowledge, hone their skills, and network with others to better serve their communities.

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Gary Jackson

McGill Client Services Manager Gary Jackson said, “The 2022 fall conference of NCEDA has been an extraordinary opportunity to connect with executives from regional economic development agencies and industry leaders in product development. As a program sponsor, McGill enhanced the 350 attendees’ awareness of our readiness and capabilities to assist with planning and design of key capital improvement projects.”


NCEDA and its members have successfully led efforts to promote North Carolina as a desirable destination for business investment for more than 50 years. The association is comprised of members who work as economic developers at the local, regional, and state levels, as well as professionals in allied fields, such as engineers, architects, commercial real estate developers, utility company representatives, and academics. The roughly 700 people who are a part of NCEDA share a common goal: their aspiration to build and maintain economic strength in North Carolina.

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According to their mission statement, NCEDA “serves as the voice for North Carolina’s economic development community — providing professional development, networking opportunities, and advocacy to secure the state’s economic future.”

At McGill, our priorities are in line with the mission of NCEDA, as evidenced by the way that we prioritize economic development initiatives that contribute to the financial success of the region we serve.


The conference consisted of business sessions, lifetime service award recognitions, foundation reports, scholarship recognitions, commerce updates, and discussions on collaborating to strengthen North Carolina’s economy, legislative insights, infrastructure, inclusive hiring, and innovative concepts for housing concerns.

Some of the speakers were North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Senator Paul Newton, and Senator Mike Woodard.

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“Notably, we heard from the panel of state senators and Speaker Moore that there is bipartisan support for further investment in water and wastewater capital projects to serve economic development. The future looks bright for engineering even as some sectors of the economy are slowing down,” said Gary.

There were also several enjoyable networking events, such as a River Arts District greenway walking tour, e-bike tour of Downtown Asheville, pub crawl, and jam session.


Click here to learn more about the work McGill is doing to promote economic growth throughout North Carolina.

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