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N.C. Regional Development Group Backs Conference

By Peggy Novotny

The Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission will be a major sponsor of ECU‘s “Making Tourism Work for You II” conference scheduled for October 26-27 in Greenville.

Joe Fridgen, ECU Recreation and Leisure Studies Department chair (left) and David L. Edgell Sr., ECU Institute for Tourism director (right) thank Gene Rogers, chairman of the board of directors of the Northeastern N.C. Regional Economic Development Commission (center) for the commission’s $10,000 sponsorship of ECU’s tourism conference scheduled for Oct. 26-27. (Contributed photo)

The conference will offer learning and networking opportunities relating to tourism for business owners, travel and tourism professionals, art and cultural organizations, community leaders, and those interested in economic development.

“Tourism is a major economic engine in North Carolina’s Northeast Region,” said Gene Rogers, chairman of the Commission.

“This conference offers the perfect opportunity to increase the awareness of tourism’s role in our local and regional economies.”

The Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission is a regional economic development organization headquartered in Edenton, that promotes business and industry recruitment/expansion and travel and tourism development for sixteen counties in North Carolina’s Northeast Region.

The Commission provides assistance to companies considering relocation or expansion in the region and supports efforts to increase visitor awareness of the natural, historical, cultural and recreational opportunities that abound in North Carolina.

More information on the Commission can be obtained at and

The conference is being coordinated by East Carolina University’s College of Human Ecology Institute for Tourism, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Business, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Small Business and Technology Center (SBTDC), and the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For additional information on conference sponsorship, exhibition, or registration, contact Maria Allen at

This page originally appeared in the July 28, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at