Minds That Manufacture

Connect - Invent - Thrive

The Centralina Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is a 501c3 organization serving the greater Charlotte region and supporting the key activities proposed in the Centralina Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The strategy outlines an approach to regional growth and prosperity that builds on the region's strengths, emphasizes key regional industry clusters, and prioritizes economic development projects. The Commission is supported by the Board of County Commissioners in nine North Carolina counties (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union), the City of Gastonia, and the Town of Mooresville.



The CEDC was created in 2005 by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) which provides staff support to the organization. Board Members are recommended by member governments and partners throughout the region.

Manufacturing in the Centralina Region
The Centralina Economic Development Commission identified the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies as a priority for our regional economic development. The region currently has over 2,700 manufacturing firms, the largest concentration of manufacturing in the state.

Advanced Manufacturing Initiative
Supported by a grant from the Economic Development Administration and investments from equity partners, the CEDC has released a feasibility analysis for the development of Advanced Manufacturing Facilities in the Centralina region.

Goals of the proposed facilities include:

  • Creating and sustaining advanced manufacturing resources that will serve targeted small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises in the Centralina region, providing expertise and support to innovative enterprises in a targeted sector.
  • Encouraging the continued growth and prosperity of manufacturing firms in the region and employ innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes to compete in a global market.
  • Developing highly specialized niches in the regional manufacturing sector.

Our public and private partners collaborate to connect advanced manufacturers with resources, tools and innovations to help them connect – invent – thrive.