Collaboration has long been at the heart of North Carolina’s Southeast, which pulls together a dynamic array of governmental, business and educational leaders. In April, North Carolina State University saluted the organization’s spirit of teamwork with its 2014 Economic Development Partnership Award. This accolade “recognizes superior work in leveraging university capabilities to enhance North Carolina’s economic vitality,” according to the University’s Office of Extension, Engagement & Economic Development, which makes the annual award. “Recipients of the award are demonstrated leaders in helping N.C. State bring innovation into action.”
Southeastern Partnership President Steve Yost and Marketing Director Joe Melvin accepted the award at an event held at N.C. State’s McKimmon Center. “Over the course of the past program year, we’ve had no fewer than eight economic development projects, both new and expanding, that Steve and Joe have engaged us in,” says Tom White, director of the Economic Development Partnership at N.C. State. But collaboration is a two-way street, White adds. “It’s gone both ways: we’ve engaged them when we’ve had prospects considering the region,” he says. One example of that was Tyton Bioenergy, a Virginia company that recently acquired an alternative fuels facility in Hoke County in a $35 million initiative.
N.C. State has made the annual Economic Development Partnership Award since 2007. Recipients have included Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Wake County Economic Development, the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development and the Small Business and Technology Development Centers.