In 2015, chungChristopher Chung joined the new Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer. The EDPNC is a public-private partnership performing a number of economic development functions on behalf of the State of North Carolina, including new business recruitment, existing business support, international trade and export assistance, travel and tourism, and marketing. With a staff of 40 professionals and an annual operating budget of $17 million, the EDPNC is focused on advancing the economic interests of North Carolina’s 100 counties and nearly 10 million residents.
From 2007 to 2014, Chris served the Missouri Partnership as the public-private, non-profit corporation’s first Chief Executive Officer. In addition to having led the organization through its initial start-up phase, Chris directed the Partnership’s efforts to market Missouri for new business investment and recruit new corporate operations to the state, working closely with public- and private-sector partners from around the state. Since 2010, the Partnership helped recruit nearly 10,000 jobs, $500 million in new annual payroll, and $1.2 billion in capital investment to the state.
Chris also previously served as Manager of the State of Ohio’s Office of Business Development, managing an $80 million annual incentives budget and leading Ohio’s front-line sales force dedicated to attracting new business investment and job creation to the state. Prior to that, Chris held various positions in corporate site selection and special projects management, assisting companies considering Ohio for new facilities.
Chris is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. He received the Missouri Economic Development Council’s 2009 President’s Award and the Site Selector Guild’s inaugural “Excellence in State Economic Development” award in 2012. Chris was named by Development Counsellors International (DCI) as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” economic development practitioners nationwide in 2013. He has also led the Missouri Partnership to two consecutive top-10 rankings (2011, 2014) as a “Best-in-Class” state-level economic development organization in DCI’s triennial survey of corporate site selectors and location advisors.
Chris attended The Ohio State University (OSU), graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a double-major in Japanese and economics. He has completed significant coursework towards a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
Chris is currently a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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