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Beaufort County Committee of 100 is a private, non-profit organization of community and business leaders committed to improving Beaufort County. The organization supports Beaufort County Economic Development efforts in retaining existing business and growing and attracting new business. The Committee of 100 was chartered in 1985 and since then has been involved in many Beaufort County projects that have led to new development and new jobs. (All contributions to the Committee of 100 are fully tax-deductible). As a private organization, the Committee is able to respond more quickly to different needs of a company interested in expanding or locating in Beaufort County than County or City government. The Committee also provides leadership in tackling issues in our community relative to economic development.

Please consider becoming a sponsor of the Beaufort County Committee of 100.  Along with exposure for your company, each sponsorship also includes one-year memberships. 

 Elizabeth Underwood

RALEIGH, NC (March 17, 2021) – The North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) awarded scholarships earlier today during its 2021 Spring Conference, which was held virtually this year, to three economic development professionals from across the state. The scholarships are awarded annually and are a long-standing tradition with NCEDA, which supports professional development as part of its mission. 

“Today, we recognized three outstanding economic development professionals at various stages in their careers,” stated Randall Johnson, 2020-2021 president of NCEDA and executive director of the NC Biotechnology Center Southeastern office. “NCEDA is committed to supporting our industry’s practitioners through high-quality professional development opportunities, and we are fortunate to have such talent in our membership and community to select for these opportunities.”

The 2021 scholarships and recipients are as follows:
The East Carolina University (ECU) Scholarship, which was initiated in 2019, provides $395 to cover tuition in its North Carolina Certified Economic Developer Program (NCCEDA). The 2021 awardee is Blake Moyer, project manager with the City of Burlington Economic Development. Moyer is an active NCEDA member and serves on the Spring Conference Planning Committee. He holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree in Community and Economic Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Dan Stewart Basic Economic Development Scholarship, which was named after the former director for the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, covers the full tuition costs for the Basic Economic Development Course offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This four-day program, accredited by IEDC, supports early-career economic development professionals and is the first step requirement for those seeking certification through IEDC. The 2021 awardee is Elizabeth Underwood, economic development specialist for Beaufort County Economic Development. Underwood is an NCEDA Emerging Executive Member, NCEDA Spring Conference Planning Committee member, and she serves on numerous professional and community Board and committee roles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in International Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as an Epley Undergraduate Certificate in International Public Relations.

The Jack Ervin EDI/IEDC Scholarship, which honors the former NCEDA president, provides up to $660 per year for three years toward tuition for either the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at Oklahoma University or three (3) courses offered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The 2021 awardee is David Putnam, MPA, CPRP, community and strategic initiatives planner for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, where he has led development financing efforts for various economic development projects and products across the Triad. Putnam holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Selection for the above scholarships was based on a myriad of criteria, including interest, financial need, professional development, active NCEDA member status, presentation of the application, residency and employment in the state of North Carolina, and commitment to complete the coursework.

“In recent years, we’ve modernized NCEDA’s scholarship program to accommodate the growing number of options for high-quality economic development training,” said Josh Hallingse, chairman of NCEDA’s Professional Development Committee. Hallingse, who works as executive director at the Transylvania Economic Alliance in Brevard, N.C., recalls receiving an NCEDA scholarship early in his career to study at the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at Oklahoma University. “A serious commitment to professional development early and often is pivotal to career success for economic developers. I congratulate Blake, David, and Elizabeth for each making that commitment to our profession, their organizations, and themselves.”

Founded in 1966, NCEDA works toward a mission of being “the voice for North Carolina’s economic development community – providing professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy to secure the state’s economic future.” The organization’s members include nearly 700 professional economic developers at the state, regional, and local levels, as well as educators, engineers, transportation experts, utility industry leaders, attorneys, and other professionals that help to shape and support economic development activity. Based in Raleigh, NCEDA provides training, mentoring, legislative representation, news and information, and other services to advance economic development efforts and support its members in this effort. For additional information, visit

NCEDA awards three economic development professionals 
with coveted scholarships

Beaufort County Committee of 100 October 2021 Luncheon Information
Washington Civic Center– Thursday, October 7, 2021. Our guest speaker will be Harry Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Pamlico Air. Everyone is welcome, so please come join us!

The Committee of 100 is a non-profit corporation certified as a 501(c)(3) charity by the IRS. Our mission is to improve job opportunities for Beaufort County. 


Our mission is to improve job opportunities
for unemployed and underemployed
citizens of Beaufort County.

The Committee of 100 holds a one-hour membership luncheon the first Thursday of each month at the Washington Civic Center at noon. Lunch is served at a cost of $10.00 per person for members. The public is invited and lunch cost is $15.00 per person for non-members. For reservations call 252-946-2285 or email  Our annual oyster roast is held in February as a thank you to our members. Current members attend the oyster roast at no charge. Events are not mandatory to attend.