From the Office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper has named Frank Emory as chair of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. 

“Frank knows what it takes to recruit businesses to North Carolina,” Gov. Cooper said. “Frank is exceptionally qualified to lead the Partnership, and his steady leadership can help it work with the Department of Commerce to succeed.”

Gov. Cooper introduced Emory as the new chair of EDPNC while speaking to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce today about his vision for helping North Carolinians become better educated, healthier and have more money in their pockets.

Emory is a partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Charlotte, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He served as Chair of the Charlotte Chamber in 2012, as General Counsel to the Chamber and on its Executive Committee for many years. Emory previously served on the Charlotte Planning Commission for six years, including time as its chair.

A native of Wilson, Emory graduated cum laude from Duke University and received his law degree at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and a past member of the Duke University Board of Trustees.

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) works with private- and public-sector partners to recruit new businesses to North Carolina, support existing businesses in the state, and grow North Carolina’s film and tourism industries. EDPNC is led by a board of 17 members appointed from North Carolina business and industry. Members are appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders.

Emory takes on the role of chair following the recent resignation of John Lassiter. As chair, Emory will work closely with EDPNC Chief Executive Officer Christopher Chung. EDPNC leadership also work closely with the Governor and the NC Department of Commerce.

“We need economic development strategies that will work for all North Carolina communities—urban and rural—and help them become more competitive in the changing marketplace,” Gov. Cooper said. “With strong leadership, I’m confident that my administration, the Department of Commerce, and the Partnership can achieve this goal.”