CEO, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
In 2015, Christopher joined the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer and brought nearly 25 years of state-level economic development experience to his role. As a public-private partnership, the EDPNC leads several economic development functions on behalf of the State of North Carolina. These include new business recruitment, existing business support, export assistance, small business counseling, and tourism and film promotion. With a staff of 70 professionals and an annual operating budget of more than $38 million, the EDPNC is focused on improving the economic well-being and quality of life for North Carolina’s more than 10 million residents. Since 2015, the EDPNC has helped North Carolina win more than 1,000 corporate expansion projects, resulting in nearly 133,000 announced new jobs and more than $35 billion in announced new investment across the state. Christopher has held various executive and management responsibilities for two other state economic development organizations: the Missouri Partnership (2007-2014), the privatized business recruitment arm for the state; and the Ohio Department of Development (1997-2007), which performed state economic development functions prior to its privatization as JobsOhio in 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Japanese from The Ohio State University.