Edward F. “Ted” Conner

Ted joined the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce staff in 1990 as vice president of Business Development.  In 1998 he was promoted to the position of vice president of Economic Development and was later promoted to Senior Vice President for Economic Development. Ted is responsible for marketing Durham to businesses interested in relocating to the region as well as assisting existing companies with expansion plans and business needs.  He works closely with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Technical Community College, the Research Triangle Partnership, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership with economic development projects such as AICPA, Argos Therapeutics, Avalara, AW North Carolina, , Avalara, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Burts Bees, , Cormetech, Cree, CreditSuisse, Fidelity, EMC2, Freudenberg,  Fidelity, FIT, IBM, Implus, Interactive Technologies, Medicago, Merck, Memscap, Metabolon, Nutanix, Nuvotronics, Peter Millar, Premier Research, Purdue Pharma, Quintiles, Sentinel Data Centers, Stiefel Laboratories, Syngenta, United Therapeutics, WillowTree Apps and Zoetis to name a few companies. 

In the past year, Ted has been working. Along with his Chamber, City and County colleagues to shape funding requests for large downtown developments such as the City Center, the Chesterfield, and the Durham.ID district. Ted also works on workforce development issues, marketing publications and existing industry relations.

Prior to the Chamber, Ted worked as an Economic Development Planner for the Durham City-County Planning Department; and he started his professional career working as a business analyst for UDI/CDC, a Durham neighborhood based community development corporation.  He received his BA and MBA from Rollins College and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Tennessee.