ECSU holds economic development summit

Kesha Williams
July 31, 2007

ecsu-holds-economic-devel Participants gather at Elizabeth City State University for the economic development summit, "Energizing Economic Development in Northeastern North Carolina." Standing left to right, Mr. Walter Davenport, chairman of the ECSU Board of Trustees; Mr. Billy Ray Hall, president of the NC Rural Economic Development Center; ECSU Chancellor Willie J. Gilchrist; Mr. Leslie Boney, associate vice president for Economic Development, Research, Policy and Planning, UNC-General Administration; Mr. Vann Rogerson, president of the Northeast Regional Economic Development Commission; Mayor Fred Yates (Winfall, NC) and UNC President Erskine Bowles. The summit brought regional partners and stakeholders together to discuss economic development needs, strategies and resources. University officials identified five central professions that would generate economic development for the region: aviation, entrepreneurship, K-12 teacher education; audio visual/recording, pharmacy.