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:
Here are a few examples of how NC State’s Economic Development Partnership is supporting North Carolina economic development:
- Amazon Fulfillment Center
Amazon announced 1,500 new jobs in Garner/Wake County with an investment of $200 million at its new logistics/distribution center.
- Ameriqual Aseptic
Food processing company announced $23.8 million capital investment, generating 76 jobs in Montgomery County. Read more.
- Premiere Research
Philadelphia-based contract research organization announced 260 new jobs at its Durham/RTP facility and an investment of $4.1 million. Read more.
- Everest Textiles
Taiwanese sports apparel manufacturing firm announced 610 new jobs in Forest City/Rutherford County, along with an investment of $18.5 million. Read more.
South American animal supplemental/nutraceutical company announced a $1 million R&D production facility in Durham, generating 10-20 initial jobs. Read more.
India-based technology company announced 2,000 jobs and $8.7 million investment at a new technology and innovation center in Wake County. Read more.
- MAS Holdings
Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer MAS Holdings announced a 133-job acquisition-expansion in Asheboro/Randolph County, with a $20 million capital investment. Read more.
5,035 Jobs and $1.25 Billion Capital Investment
created across North Carolina in FY2019.
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.
Backpacks to Briefcases
provides paid internships and access to job opportunities, enabling underemployed grads to launch their careers.
Outreach and Engagement
The Economic Development Partnership also leads outreach and engagement with local communities to assist in strategic projects. For example:
- A $20,000 contract with the Benson Town Council to develop an Economic Development Strategic Plan.
- A $35,000 contract with the Town of Angier to develop a Community Visioning Plan.
- Collaboration with the Creedmoor town manager on a reclamation land design project in partnership with NC State’s College of Design.
- Development of the Henderson/Vance County McGregor Performing Arts Center Economic Impact Analysis by NC State Political Science Professor Jeff Diebold and graduate students.