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February 18 meeting


Don Kirkman, President and CEO of The Piedmont Triad Partnership
Topic:  Airport World - what's happening to the Triad?

The Piedmont Triad International Airport is nearly complete with its new runway.  What else is being done to make this area an aerotropolis? 

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Don Kirkman  became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP) in February 2000. The PTP, one of North Carolina’s seven regional economic development partnerships, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered near the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The PTP manages a comprehensive program of work to increase employment and income in the 12-county Piedmont Triad Region surrounding and including the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. The counties included in the Piedmont Triad Region are Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. The PTP’s economic development activities include marketing and public relations, workforce development and training, regional leadership engagement, and regional advocacy and facilitation.

The Piedmont Triad Partnership successfully competed in 2006 for a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant. The grant is providing approximately $15 million over four years to make the Piedmont Triad Region a national demonstration project for an integrated regional economic development and workforce development strategy.

Under his leadership the Piedmont Triad Partnership has won numerous awards and distinctions. The PTP was named among the top ten economic development organizations in North America by Site Selection magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Prior to joining the Piedmont Triad Partnership, Mr. Kirkman was the Executive Director of the Carteret County Economic Development Council in Morehead City, North Carolina from 1990 until 2000. Prior to his economic development career Mr. Kirkman practiced law for ten years in New York City and Morehead City. Mr. Kirkman is a Certified Economic Developer and a past president of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association.

Mr. Kirkman, a High Point, North Carolina native, attended college and law school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a frequent lecturer on economic development issues.