First in Future: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Chair Frank Emory (Toss-back)

Summary:  Frank Emory, of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, sat down with us in the summer of 2017 for us to discover many insights, such as the value to the sorts of questions Frank’s learned to ask as an attorney. We wanted to look back at that conversation and learn again about the value of building the bridge between the challenges of rural and urban areas and hear from Sarah Hall, Senior Manager of Policy at IEI, about some of the work on this issue.

This installment was part of a special 13-segment series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV, and recorded in UNC-TV’s Legislative Studio in downtown Raleigh. We are excited to share the First in Future podcast via traditional means and via taped segments to air on the North Carolina Channel! Visit for specific air dates.


“It’s not a donut—if you’re in Raleigh and you’re prosperous here and nobody around you is, there are limits to what you can do in terms of your prosperity.”

“[North Carolina’s brand]…has taken some serious hits. We used to be thought of as a progressive, moderate state with strong education support and forward-thinking leadership. I think in every one of those areas, we’ve taken hits.”

Book recommendations:  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin


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