RALEIGH — After serving as vice president during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Fleetwood resident and Appalachian State University professor Patricia Mitchell has been elected North Carolina Economic Development Association President for 2019-2020, according to the nonprofit organization.

“I believe the organization does a very credible job in economic development and legislative advocacy for economic development issues,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to serve.”

As NCEDA President, Mitchell said one of her focuses is to continue bringing a younger generation of economic development-minded individuals to participate in the NCEDA, because young voices are important to the policymaking process.

Mitchell said she has been involved in the NCEDA ever since she was appointed Ashe County Director of Economic Development in 2004. In addition to serving as the county’s economic development director from 2004 to 2013, Mitchell served as county manager from 2012 to 2013, Ashe Post & Times previously reported.

Mitchell is an assistant professor in the department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, and a former assistant secretary at the N.C. Department of Commerce, according to the NCEDA.

Alongside Mitchell, Randall Johnson of the N.C. Biotechnology Center was elected NCEDA Vice President, and John Nelms of Duke Energy was elected secretary/treasurer by the organization’s membership.

The NCEDA is composed of more than 700 economic development professionals and allies across the state, with a mission statement to serve as the voice for North Carolina’s economic development community — providing professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy to secure the state’s economic future, according to the organization’s website.

For more information, go online to https://www.nceda.org/.

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