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101 W. Water Street Edenton NC 27932

The Edenton Chowan Partnership

Building The Future Together

The Edenton Chowan Partnership, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to promoting, preserving, and enhancing the vitality of Edenton and Chowan County, and for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.   The Partnership works in association with the County, Town, and the private sector to undertake initiatives that foster new business development, retain existing businesses, create private investment and jobs, and increase local revenues. We work to improve the quality of life by fostering workforce education, awareness, and promotion of our County and Town, as well as providing information for potential retirees or economic developers to build stronger, stable, social, economic, and community strengths.

You'll Find Us Doing a Lot of Things

Improve

the workforce by increasing its size and quality

Support

individuals and families of all ages within the community

Conduct

research and provide information to maintain and attract businesses and industries

Create

a high-quality living environment for residents through solid employment, educational opportunities, and art

Collaborate

with public and private sectors in the Town of Edenton and Chowan County to centralize and coordinate information dissemination

Work

closely with local, county, and regional institutions to promote consistent messaging about the colonial capital of North Carolina

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A Grand Vision for Edenton and Chowan County

The Edenton Chowan Partnership aims to improve the quality of life for local residents while promoting sustainable economic and social growth in the town of Edenton and Chowan County. Our mission is to conduct research and provide information that supports responsible economic development opportunities. We strive to encourage workforce development that benefits existing businesses and attracts new ones to our business-friendly environment. Additionally, we help promote the area’s lifestyle and community living assets, making it an attractive destination for potential retirees seeking a beautiful waterfront community.

Examples of Our Work

  • Assist existing industry with information about state grants and grant writing for industrial growth and expansion. 
  • Fund research studies to assist the Town of Edenton and Chowan County with economic development opportunities.
  • Adopt resolutions in support of projects and initiatives in support of area business and industry.
  • Support local education initiatives that promote and expand opportunities for career and technical education K-12. 
  • Support and foster local workforce and education training initiatives through College of The Albemarle to enhance and develop needed workforce skills.

The Edenton Chowan Partnership Board

Board Officers

  • Chairman: John Dowd
  • Vice Chairman: Mike Adams
  • Secretary: Bob Kirby
  • Treasurer: Donna Winborne

Board Members

  • Mike Adams
  • John Dowd
  • Hackney High, Jr., Mayor of Edenton
  • Patti Kersey, Chowan County Commission appointee
  • Bob Kirby, Chowan County Commission Chairman
  • Larry McLaughlin, Chowan County Commission Vice-chair
  • BJ Potts
  • Bob Quinn, Edenton Town Council appointee
  • Simon Rich, III
  • Curtis Rotan
  • Sean Tunney
  • Joe Wach
  • Brian White
  • Donna Winborne
  • Roland Vaughan, Edenton Town Council appointee

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Corey Gooden, Town Manager, Edenton
  • Kevin Howard, County Manager, Chowan County
  • Susan Creed, Executive Director, Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce
  • Ches Chesson, Executive Director, Destination Downtown Edenton
  • Erienne Mizell, Director, Chowan County Tourism Authority
  • Dr. Jack Bagwell, President, College of The Albemarle
  • Dr. Michael Sasscer, Superintendent, Edenton-Chowan Schools

Emeritus Members

  • Jerome F (Jerry) Climer – Chairman Emeritus
  • Simon (Cy) Rich – Chairman Emeritus

Donations and Contributions:   The Edenton Chowan Partnership, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.  We are not organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and none of the net earnings inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.  Donations and contributions received are used  to support our mission in promoting, preserving, and enhancing the vitality of Edenton and Chowan County, and for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.  We work to improve the quality of life by fostering workforce education, awareness and promotion of our County and Town, as well as providing information for potential retirees or economic developers to build stronger, stable, social, economic, and community strengths.  The Partnership also works in association with the County, Town, and the private sector to undertake initiatives  that foster new business development, retain existing businesses, create private investment and jobs, and increase local revenues for the betterment of our community.  For more information, click on the above links: “Request A Copy of Our Bylaws” or “Request a Copy of Our IRS Form 990.”

The Edenton Chowan Partnership is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.