All events on Monday, September 9th will be held in Cannon House Office Building Room 345 (the Cannon Caucus Room).
All of Tuesday’s events will be held in the Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Auditorium.


North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow, and create jobs.

In an effort to give North Carolina’s business leaders the opportunity to meet with federal government officials to discuss policies that may affect their livelihoods and communities, select Members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation host the North Carolina Business & Economic Development Summit each September.

This two-day event is a valuable opportunity for business leaders to learn, collaborate, network, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. As always, registration for the North Carolina Business & Economic Development Summit is offered free of charge to constituents of Congressional hosts.

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Congressional Hosts:

Representative G.K. Butterfield
Representative Howard Coble
Representative Renee Ellmers
Representative George Holding
Representative Richard Hudson
Representative Walter Jones
Representative Mike McIntyre
Representative Mark Meadows
Representative Robert Pittenger
Representative David Price


Summit Schedule:

Monday, September 9th

12:30pm-1:00pm: Registration & Attendee Material Pickup
1:00pm-1:05pm: Welcome
1:05pm-1:25pm: Remarks by Alexander Julian, NC-based clothing designer
1:25pm-1:45pm: Presentation by Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC
1:45pm-2:05pm: Presentation by Aaron Syrett, Director of the NC Film Office
2:05pm-2:20pm: Presentation by Elizabeth Hudson, Editor of Our State Magazine








5:45pm-6:30pm: Networking Mixer

Tuesday, September 10th

8:00am-8:30am: Breakfast (Auditorium Atrium)
8:30am-8:40am: Morning Greetings
8:40am-9:00am: General James Amos, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
9:00am-9:20am: Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
9:20am-9:40am: Senator Richard Burr, State of North Carolina
9:40am-10:00am: Surprise Guest (unlisted for Security purposes)
10:00am-10:20am: Representative Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District
10:20am-10:40am: Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida’s 23rd Congressional District
10:40am-11:00am: Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of Treasury
11:00am-11:20am: Representative Jim Clyburn, South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District

Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News

Special Greetings from Rep. Steny Hoyer

11:40am-12:00pm: Senator Kay Hagan, State of North Carolina


2013 Speakers & Special Guests:

Aaron Syrett was appointed Director of the North Carolina Film Office in April of 2007. He comes to North Carolina via Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was the Director of the Utah Film Commission. He holds a BS degree in Film, Television, and Radio from the School of Communication at the University of Utah, and a certificate in Producing from Rockport Film School in Rockport, Maine. In 2009, Aaron became one of the first film commissioners in the world to attain the professional designation of Certified Film Commissioner CFC awarded by the Association of Film Commissioners International. As a Film Commissioner, Aaron and his teams have recruited hundreds of projects including: Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Homeland, The World’s Fastest Indian, the High School Musical franchise, and Mission Impossible II. Aaron’s work experience includes: Canal + US, KZHT 94.9, Carmike Cinemas, Mann Theaters, and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office producing crime prevention videos. Aaron is married and has a son and twin daughters.
Aaron Syrett

Alexander Julian was practically born in a clothing store. His parents have been described as the “Godparents of Preppy.” In the early 70’s Alex set out to modernize traditional menswear with innovative new silhouettes and fabrics. He inadvertently became the first American fashion designer to design his own cloth. Julian’s unique use of color quickly captured the popular imagination. He almost single-handedly brought menswear out of “the dark ages.” The New York Times heralded him as “master colorist.” He introduced new colors and color combinations into the common vernacular.

Like any artist, Julian employs a discernible handwriting that crosscuts the shifting currents of application. His penchant for perennial chic reverberates throughout. Revisited classics like argyle diamonds transcend scale and material from sweaters to ties to furniture to topiary to basketball uniforms. Equally ubiquitous are his signature iterations of classic herringbone patterns, as realized in everything from clothing to table tops to ceiling design. Dedicated to elevating the ordinary, Julian is a protagonist for aesthetic entertainment. His details playfully subvert the expectations of both viewer and wearer, from the surprise of multicolored buttonholes to the irony of trope l’oeil tweeds. To Alexander Julian, fashion and home furnishings are not simply functional decorations, but self-expression. His overall mission is simple: create products that foster a sense of well-being.

He is the first fashion designer to design professional sports uniforms, including those worn by the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, the Charlotte Knights baseball team, the Charlotte Checkers hockey uniforms, and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Championship Basketball Uniforms (’93, ’04 & ’09).
Alexander Julian

As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.

Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.

Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College. Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.
Secretary Anthony Foxx

Chuck Todd is NBC News' Chief White House Correspondent, as well as the host of “The Daily Rundown” on msnbc. He became NBC News' Political Director in March 2007. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," "Meet the Press" and msnbc.

In addition to his on-air analysis, Todd is responsible for all aspects of the network’s political coverage, serving as the point person for political news and information. He is also the editor of "First Read," NBC’s must-read guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, D.C. (

In 2009, Todd co-authored with Sheldon Gawiser the definitive election result analysis book for the 2008 presidential campaign, titled, "How Barack Obama Won," published by Vintage.

Before joining NBC News, Todd was the Editor-in-Chief of National Journal’s “The Hotline,” Washington’s premier daily briefing on American Politics. In his 15 years working at “The Hotline” or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He served as Editor-in-Chief for six years. He also serves as a contributing editor to “The Atlantic Monthly” where he pens political essays.

Todd frequently contributes op-ed essays for various publications, including "The New York Times" and the "Washington Post." In addition to Todd's extensive media presence, he's served as an adjunct professor, teaching a graduate-level political communications course at the Johns Hopkins University.

In January of 2012, GQ named Todd "The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington," part of the magazine's "50 Most Powerful People in Washington" list. In May of 2012, Todd won the "Jeopardy!" Power Players match.

Todd is a native of Miami and currently resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Kristian, and two children.
Chuck Todd

For more than 20 years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of South Florida. On January 4, 2005, she was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 23rd Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Before joining the U.S. Congress, she was first a Representative and later a Senator in the Florida State Legislature.

For the 113th Congress, the House Committee on Appropriations recommended Rep. Wasserman Schultz to serve as a ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee (ranking member means the lead Democrat on the subcommittee). The Appropriations subcommittees determine the Congressional appropriations of funds for particular parts of the federal government. Rep. Wasserman Schultz will serve on the subcommittee that determines the funding level for the entire legislative branch.

Wasserman Schultz was also recommended to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, where she will advocate for funding for security, economic, and humanitarian assistance, as well as work to reduce poverty around the world. She also serves as a Chief Deputy Whip where she works to help advance legislation important to the Democratic caucus.
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Elizabeth Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine, where she started in the circulation department answering telephones before moving to the editorial department. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009.

Through her work with the magazine for 16 years, she has learned where to find the best barbecue — eastern and Lexington-style — and she also knows where to find our state’s most photographed waterfalls. On the Outer Banks, she has walked in the same sand where pirates once tread, and she knows how much milk makes a perfect bowl of Southern snow cream.

Under Elizabeth’s editorial leadership, the magazine’s paid circulation grew more than 30 percent, from 130,000 in 2009 to more than 170,000 this year. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention, and in 2011 and 2012, Our State won consecutive Gold Eddies for "Best Issue" of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from FOLIO: Magazine, the magazine industry's leading publication recognizing editorial excellence.
Elizabeth Hudson

President Barack Obama has said he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 113th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House, James E. Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee and one of the Democratic Caucus' primary liaisons to the White House. Working with the internal caucuses, he plays a prominent role in messaging and outreach.

His humble beginnings in Sumter South Carolina, as the eldest son of an activist fundamentalist minister and an independent civic minded beautician, grounded him securely in family, faith and public service. He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College, and even met his wife Emily in jail during one of his incarcerations.

When Clyburn came to Congress in 1993, he was elected co-President of his Freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999, and his reputation as a leader and consensus-builder helped him win a difficult three-way race for House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in 2002. Three years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus. When Democrats regained the House majority in 2006, Congressman Clyburn was elevated by his colleagues to House Majority Whip.

As a national leader he has worked to respond to the needs of America's diverse communities. He championed rural communities supporting the development of regional water projects, community health centers, and broadband connections. He has supported higher education by leading the charge for increased Pell grants; investing millions in science and math programs and historic preservation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He has encouraged economic development by securing funding for Empowerment Zones; investing in green technology development such as nuclear, wind, hydrogen and biofuels; and directing 10 percent of Recovery Act funding to communities 20 percent under the poverty level for the past 30 years. Clyburn was instrumental in advancing into law measures to resolve historic discrimination issues, significantly reducing the statutory disparity in cocaine sentencing and compensating African and Native American farmers who suffered racial discrimination under the USDA loan program

Jim and Emily Clyburn have three daughters, Mignon, Jennifer Reed, and Angela Hannibal; two sons-in-law, Walter Reed and Cecil Hannibal; and three grandchildren, Walter A Clyburn Reed, Sydney Alexis Reed, and Layla Joann Clyburn Hannibal.
Representative James E. Clyburn

Joe Freddoso became President and CEO of MCNC on July 1, 2007. In his role, he works with the MCNC Board of Directors (BOD), the MCNC Advisory Council (MAC) and MCNC staff to meet the organization’s mission of employing advanced Internet Protocol (IP) networking technologies and systems to continuously improve learning, research, delivery of health care and collaboration throughout North Carolina’s K-20 education, non-profit health care and public health communities. Freddoso is responsible for coordination with the MCNC BOD to define the overall strategic direction for the organization including the management of the $144 million Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI), which MCNC oversees. He works with the MAC and the MCNC staff to devise and implement plans to fulfill this strategic direction in a manner that positively impacts all of North Carolina’s students while also meeting the fiscal goals defined by the MCNC BOD. He is also an active volunteer serving on the Board of Trustees for Internet2, a board of director's member at Triangle Family Services, the North Carolina Museum of National Sciences, a board member at national research network collaboration The QUILT, and a member of the White House Champions of Change council.
Joe Freddoso

For more than 12 years, Senator Kay R. Hagan has been a champion for North Carolina families, our military and veterans, sound fiscal policy and quality education. She and her husband, Chip Hagan, have lived in Greensboro for more than 30 years, where they raised their three children: Jeanette, Tilden, and Carrie. After 10 years in the North Carolina State Senate, Senator Hagan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 by North Carolinians seeking an active, effective leader who would bring North Carolina ideas and values to Congress. Senator Hagan understands that small businesses drive economic growth in North Carolina and across the country. She is committed to creating a better climate for businesses to create jobs and grow. While traveling the state since taking office, Senator Hagan has seen firsthand the determination and innovative spirit of North Carolina's small business owners. As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Hagan has supported legislation to put North Carolinians back to work. For instance, the Hagan-supported Small Business Jobs Act is freeing up lending for North Carolina small businesses to hire new workers and grow.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan

Growing up, Marsha Blackburn learned that the promise of our nation depends on each generation of Americans working hard to leave the country a better place than they found it. As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to the sacred obligation all citizens have to their communities: making Tennessee and America a better, more prosperous, and freer place.

Congressman Blackburn was first elected 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator. Her Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax and earned a reputation as a champion of anti-tax and government reform issues.

Marsha came to Washington to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in 2002 and quickly became a leader in Congress, advocating for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She has been named a Taxpayer Hero by Americans for Tax Reform each year she has served in Congress. She has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election in 2002, and serves as Vice Chair of the vital Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, energy regulation, and telecommunications issues. Blackburn also holds a seat on the House Budget Committee and is a founding member of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee.

Marsha has earned a special reputation as a bi-partisan leader and policy expert on telecommunications issues and intellectual property rights. She has strong ties with Tennessee’s recording industry and the songwriters and performers who make it great. .
Representative Marsha Blackburn

First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Richard served five terms in the House and is currently serving North Carolina in his second term in the U.S. Senate. He is a vocal advocate for our men and women in the military and their families, and for the growing population of veterans across North Carolina. In the Senate, Richard serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee where he works to improve the quality of health care and services our nation's veterans receive. He also sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Intelligence Committee; and the Finance Committee. The son of a minister, Richard and his family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina when he was a young child. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he began his career far from the halls of Congress by spending seventeen years in business with Carswell Distributing, a wholesale commercial products company. He also serves as a Board Member of Brenner Children’s Hospital and on the West Point Board of Visitors. Richard and his wife, Brooke, have two sons.
U.S. Senator Richard Burr

Jack Lew was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 2013, to serve as the 76th Secretary of the Treasury. Secretary Lew previously served as White House Chief of Staff. Prior to that role, Lew was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position he also held in President Clinton's Cabinet from 1998 to 2001. Before returning to OMB in 2010, Lew first joined the Obama Administration as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

Before joining the State Department, Lew served as managing director and chief operating officer for two different Citigroup business units.  Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of New York University, where he was responsible for budget, finance, and operations, and served as a professor of public administration.  From 2004 through2008, Lew served on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and chaired its Management, Administration, and Governance Committee.

As OMB Director from 1998 to 2001, Lew led the Administration budget team and served as a member of the National Security Council.  During his tenure at OMB, the U.S. budget operated at a surplus for three consecutive years.  Earlier, Lew served as OMB's Deputy Director and was a member of the negotiating team that reached a bipartisan agreement to balance the budget. As Special Assistant to President Clinton from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lew helped design Americorps, the national service program.

Lew began his career in Washington in 1973 as a legislative aide.  From 1979 to 1987, he was a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr, when he served the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as Assistant Director and then Executive Director.  He was the Speaker's liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to extend the solvency of Social Security in 1983, and he was responsible for domestic and economic issues, including Medicare, budget, tax, trade, appropriations, and energy issues.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Lew co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York and was on the boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project, and the Tobin Project.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and of the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
Secretary Jack Lew


Guest Moderators:

Jim McCleskey was born in Albemarle, North Carolina and educated in the public schools of the state. He has served a staff aide to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY) on environmental, public works and transportation issues and as an intergovernmental lobbyist representing local governments in Washington; in Raleigh as a budget and policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services; and back in Washington representing the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In May,1999 Jim was appointed by former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. as Director of the North Carolina Washington Office, and reappointed by Governors Michael F. Easley in January, 2001 and Beverly Eaves Perdue in January 2009. As Director of the NCWO, Jim worked with the North Carolina Congressional delegation, the White House, assorted Federal agencies, numerous other Governors’ offices, and many businesses and communities on the full range of federal affairs matters facing the State, including education, economic development, transportation, health care, human services, public safety / homeland security, military affairs, environment and natural resource issues, and others. From November, 2008, through January, 2009, Jim was a member of the Department of Defense Transition Team for the incoming Obama Administration with responsibility for National Guard, military families, and wounded warrior issues.

Since January, 2013, Jim has been an independent government affairs consultant working with clients on business development and government relations matters including heath care, defense, energy, education, criminal justice, emergency management, school safety, force protection, and advanced building systems. Jim is a 1985 Dean’s List graduate of Duke University (History and Political Science), and earned a 4.0 GPA in the Master’s in Public Administration program at George Washington University. He is married to Diane Duff and they have a going-on-three year old son, Aiden.
Jim McCleskey

Joe Stewart is the current Executive Director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFEF), a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that conducts objective research and analysis on candidates, campaigns and voter attitudes to help business leaders – from all industries, and with companies both large and small – better understand the confluence of politics, public policy, and the economic vitality of North Carolina.

Prior to coming on board at NCFEF in June 2013, Joe ran his own consulting business providing corporations and trade associations assistance on issue advocacy and political engagement strategies. Joe Stewart also served as Political Director of the NC Chamber of Commerce from 2009 - 2012, and presided over the Chamber’s first-ever efforts to support pro-business candidates during the 2010 elections. In 2010, Joe received the Business and Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership & Service, in recognition of his work on voter registration and get-out the-vote efforts as part of his management of the NC Prosperity Project (NCP2), a nonpartisan outreach program that provides information on issues and elections to employers and employees across the State.

Joe’s professional experience also includes serving as Executive Director of the Insurance Federation of North Carolina (IFNC), a trade association representing the insurance industry on legislative and regulatory issues. During his tenure with IFNC, he was ranked 48th most influential lobbyist in North Carolina by the NC Center for Public Policy Research (2008). He’s also been Chief Deputy State Treasurer of North Carolina (2000 to 2005), and Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (1996 to 2000). He’s worked in government, politics, fundraising, association management, and advocacy for more than 20 years, having begun his professional career in fundraising, working in the UNC Chapel Hill Development Office while still an undergraduate (Class of 1982). He has worked in North Carolina, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD.

Joe currently serves on the board the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and is a member of NC Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) Leadership Council. He is active in his church and with his daughter’s various sports teams. In 2011, Joe helped lead an effort that raised $150,000 among fellow former state officials for the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU, and was recognized in 2010 with a national award for his fundraising work on the $5 million capital campaign for InterAct of Wake County, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Joe Stewart

Speakers and special guests will be announced here as they are confirmed. Please check back for future announcements!


Getting Here:

All events on Monday, September 9th will be held in Cannon House Office Building Room 345 (the Cannon Caucus Room). All of Tuesday’s events will be held in the Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Auditorium. On Monday, please arrive at Cannon House Office Building Room 345 at 12:30pm in order to receive your participant folder, event badge, and bonus materials.



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