UC’s Platé named president of the NC Economic Development Association | Investigator’s Log

Chris Platé has been elected as the next president of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. Platé has served Union County since 1999 and served as NCEDA Vice Chairman for 2021-22, under former Chairman John Nelms, Duke Energy’s senior director of economic development.

Platé is also executive director of Monroe-Union County Economic Development, an organization that “oversees economic growth and diversification in one of North Carolina’s fastest growing counties.”

Platé also served as Director of Aviation for Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, and he led the City of Monroe’s efforts to attract more aerospace companies to the area in 2002. In 2016, he was named North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year by the NCEDA. According to a 2019 Charlotte Business Journal article, Union County was ranked among the top 10 aerospace clusters in the Southeast and the #1 cluster in North Carolina. At the time of this story, Union County already had 24 aerospace companies, 19 of which were within a seven-mile radius.

“Chris Platé’s thoughtfulness and deep knowledge of economic development bring exciting qualities to this leading role,” said Randall Johnson, who chaired the NCEDA Nominating Committee, in a statement. “His perspective as a border county economic development practitioner in North Carolina and South Carolina has already brought great value to our legislative and professional development programs, and North Carolina will no doubt continue to s be inspired by his unique vision as NCEDA works to sustain the state’s economic momentum.

Platé is a resident of Waxhaw. He lives there with his wife, Dana, and their two children.

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