MONROE – Members of the North Carolina Economic Development Association elected R. Christopher Platé of Union County as president for 2022-23.
Platé has led Union County Economic Development since 1999. His organization, Monroe-Union County Economic Development, recently grew from an interlocal agreement between the City of Monroe and Union County to a self-governing unit that cultivates the job creation through recruitment and retention. strategies.
While directing economic development activities in Union County, Platé concurrently held additional positions, including Director of Aviation for the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. He helped create the largest geographic cluster of aerospace companies in North Carolina.
“Chris Platé’s thoughtfulness and deep knowledge of economic development bring exciting qualities to this leading role,” said Randall Johnson, who chaired the NCEDA Nominating Committee. “His perspective as a border county economic development practitioner in North Carolina and South Carolina has already brought great value to our legislative and professional development programs, and North Carolina will no doubt continue to s be inspired by his unique vision as NCEDA works to sustain the state’s economic momentum.
The NCEDA named Platé its Economic Developer of the Year in 2016 and elected him to its board of directors a year later. He chaired the NCEDA Legislative Committee and served as Vice President.
He and his wife, Dana, live in Waxhaw with their two children.