Creating Jobs Across North Carolina

As a land-grant university, NC State is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.

The Economic Development Partnership within the Office of Partnerships and Economic Development works across the state to attract new businesses and industries to North Carolina. Working closely with the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), and local and regional economic development organizations, Director Tom White is instrumental in helping recruit companies to the state while providing real-world opportunities for students and faculty. Under Tom’s leadership, NC State actively participates in outreach and engagement projects with local communities across the state to support economic development.


Meet Tom White

As Director of the Economic Development Partnership, Tom White leads economic development initiatives for NC State, serving as the liaison to local, regional and state economic and workforce development entities. These strategic partnerships result in new jobs and capital investment for North Carolina, as well as meaningful opportunities for students and faculty.

Prior to joining NC State, Tom served as the Director of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment and Training. He was also president and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Duke University, Tom also received his Master of Public Affairs from NC State.

If you’d like to connect with Tom, he can be reached at:


Economic Impact

Here are a few recent examples of how NC State’s Economic Development Partnership is supporting North Carolina economic development:

4,443 Jobs and $417.7 Million Capital Investment

created across North Carolina in FY2017.

Workforce Development

Workforce development is another area the Economic Development Partnership supports. A key initiative is “Backpacks to Briefcases,” a program that accepts unemployed or underemployed college graduates and provides them with a fully paid internship with a local company.

Funded by a grant from the Duke Energy Corporation, the program stretches from Wake and Johnston Counties in the Piedmont area to the Cape Fear and Kerr Tar regions. Businesses such as Allied Barton, Bioptigen, Caldwell Banker, Clear Connex, Covidien and Freudenberg IT are a few of the companies that have participated.

Outreach and Engagement

The Office of Partnerships and Economic Development also leads outreach and engagement with local communities to assist in strategic projects. For example: