Contacts

Visit North Carolina

A Part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1200, Raleigh, NC 27601 (Effective January 28, 2020)
(919) 447-7801


Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

October 2014 marked the transition to the nonprofit corporation known as the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). The EDPNC was created to partner with the North Carolina Department of Commerce in consolidating and enhancing North Carolina’s marketing and recruitment functions, previously conducted by the N.C. Department of Commerce. The partnership serves to oversee efforts in business recruitment and development, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. As part of this transition, the Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development is currently referred to and doing business as “Visit North Carolina.”

In the five years since the inception of the EDPNC and Visit North Carolina, visitor spending in the state has increased an average of 4.7% annually. During that five-year period, marketing investment through Visit North Carolina’s cooperative Partner Program has risen from $659,816 in the 2014-2015 year to $1,161,645 in the 2018-2019 program year, a 76% increase.

2018 NC Travel and Tourism Board

Listed here is the Board for the year 2018 as required for the 2018 Annual Report. For information on the current board, please go to https://partners.visitnc.com/travel-tourism-board-1.

Sally Ashworth
Visit Lake Norman
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Kevin Baker - completed term in December 2018
Piedmont Triad International Airport
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

John Beatty - completed term in October 2018
Summit Hospitality Group
Appointed By: NC Travel and Tourism Coalition

Rolf Blizzard
Turnpike Properties
Appointed By: NC Travel & Tourism Coalition

Stephanie Brown - appointed December 2018
Explore Asheville
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Mike Butts, Chair - June 2018 to current
Visit Charlotte
Appointed By: NCTIA

Christopher Chung
Economic Development Partnership of NC
Appointed By: Economic Development Partnership of NC

Secretary Anthony Copeland
NC Department of Commerce
Appointed By: NC Department of Commerce

Kevin Corbin
North Carolina House of Representatives
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Robert Danos - completed term in December 2018
NC Youth Camp Association
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Sen. Chuck Edwards - appointed December 2018
North Carolina Senate
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Jonathan Fussell - appointed December 2018
Duplin Winery
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Richard Geiger - completed term in June 2018
Winston-Salem CVB
Appointed By: DMANC

Rep. Holly Grange - appointed December 2018
North Carolina House of Representatives
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Joel Griffin
Griffin Stafford Hospitality, LLC
Appointed By: NCRLA - Lodging

Sen. Rick Gunn - appointed December 2018
North Carolina Senate
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Mike Hawkins
Pisgah Enterprise
Appointed By: Economic Development Partnership

Sen. Ralph Hise - completed term in December 2018
North Carolina Senate
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Kim Hufham - appointed June 2018
New Hanover TDA
Appointed By: DMANC

Rep. Patricia McElraft - completed term in December 2018
North Carolina House of Representatives
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Richard Moore
Timm's Furniture
Appointed By: Governor

Tammy O'Kelley, Chair through May 2018 - completed term in December 2018
Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau
Appointed By: Speaker of the House

Joe Pierce
Charlotte Hornets
Appointed By: Governor

Sen. Norman Sanderson - completed term in December 2018
North Carolina Senate
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

Sharon Sexton - appointed December 2018
Caswell County Chamber of Commerce
Appointed By: Senate President Pro Tempore

William Traurig - appointed October 2018
Carolina Hurricanes
Appointed By: NC Travel and Tourism Coalition

Paula Wilber
The Biltmore Company
Appointed By: NCRLA - Restaurant